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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Malaysia/East

Ocean Rover, May, 2007,

by Leona Holaday, HI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 3383.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Red Sea, Palau, Coral Sea, Cozumel, Galapagos, Malpelo, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 86 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo 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 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Ocean Rover is the best liveaboard that I have been on. Unlike other operations, the crew and service on this boat is consistently good from what I have heard, and my experience confirmed this. There were 10 on board, and only three were new to this boat including myself. The rest were repeats, some more than once. The cabins were spacious and nicely appointed. I liked the fact that each shower had its own self-contained water heating unit so you couldn't run out of hot water. The crew was always there to help you - I could barely put on or take off my own wetsuit. The boat was built in 2000 and most of the crew had a hand in its construction, so they were like one big family. The diving was very easy. Water extremely warm, I almost fell asleep underwater. Had my 5 mil, as I get cold easily but it was still warm with 4 dives a day. No big critters, but lots of nudibranchs. Limited visiblity. I'm glad I went to Malaysia. Wouldn't go out of my way to go there again, but I would choose Ocean Rover as a repeat liveaboard in a heartbeat.
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