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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
India/Andaman Sea

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by jean, ca, US (2 reports)
Report Number 3976
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Rajah Ampat, Papua New Guinea, Lembah Straight, Sulawesi, Red Sea, Palau,
Cocos, Galapagos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
15   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
This was my first trip to the Andaman Sea, the fourth trip aboard the Ocean
Rover; the usual standard of excellence applies, cabins, food, crew--except
for the two divemasters. They offered little or no help. When I complained
to the owner, which I did with tact, he became defensive and told me the
divemasters were there only to point out critters, that if I felt I would
need one I should have made arrangements prior to the dive. That would have
sufficed had I antipicated the current at the end of the dive. Kicking
against it used up most of the air I always keep in reserve. Good thing my
buddy was handy.

Getting to Port Blair, the pickup point for the Ocean Rover, requires a
determined adventurer; India does so love its forms, in duplicate and
triplicate. But the Andamans beckoned. We were out to sea for nine days.
When the diving was good, it was excellent, manta, big sea snakes, huge
schools of snapper and trevally at Barren Island, so named because its a
live volcano, its slopes barren of vegetation, smoke curling from the
crater. During the trip I saw two pairs of mating octopus. We were eyeball
to eyeball, a thrill-of-a-lifetime.

But many other dives were less then thrilling. Although most of the diving
was easy and the dive sights offered healthy hard and soft coral, the lack
of creatures coupled with bad visability often made the diving tedious. All
of us grew tired of the oft uttered phrase, "last year we
saw...." Sadly, almost all the sharks are gone. We saw a couple of
very small white tips. I suspect lots of other species are gone as well.

FYI: The Ocean Rover is due to change owners in June of 08. Hopefully, it
will maintain its overall excellence.

  
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