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Dive the World Full report N   Phuket   Dive the World is a broker/agent - in my case they listend to what my expectations were and paired me up with local operators that... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
1/2008   Christopher Leahy
1000+ Dives
 
Scandanavian Divers/ Baan Thai hotel Full report N   Phuket   We dove in Phuket for a week. We stayed in Patong Beach and did day trips, which is about the only diving you can do from that pa... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
2/2008   Joel Snyder
250+ Dives
 
Colona Group/ Colona VI Full report Y   Similan/Surin Islands   We had an awesome experience on the Colona VI. The National Park in the Similan and Surin Islands opens on Nov 1st and we boarded ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
11/2008   Gail Kunkle
<100 Dives
 
Sunrise Diving & South Siam 3/ Deevana Resort Full report N   Similan   Sunrise Divers in Patong beach put together an outstanding 6 day package of diving. We had a great liveaboard experience put toge... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
10/2006   Jon Morrow
100+ Dives
 
Dive Asia/ Evason Phuket Full report N   Phuket, Phi Phi Island   Diving at PP-Island was extremely disappointing. Water was murky, many sea urchins but not too many fishes. More than 30 divers ... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
4/2002   Kinson Tong
<100 Dives
 
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Warm Water Divers/ Felix Karon Hotel Full report N   Phuket/Similans   First of all, Warm Water Divers owns no boats. They are an agent that contracts with several reputable dive operators in the area... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
1/2003   Carl Scott
100+ Dives
 
Sea Bees/ Genesis Liveaboard Full report Y   Similan and Richelieu   We signed up for two back to back 3 day cruises on the Genesis. The value is incredible it was just 890 euros per person double o... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
12/2009   Karen Guthrie
100+ Dives
 
Kamala divers/ Karon Living room Full report N   Phuket   the bad: crowded boat about 39 divers; many student divers; next day, boat less crowded with less than 30 divers incl. 2 tech di... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
11/2010   Eldon Okazaki
1000+ Dives
 
Sea Fun Divers/ Katathani Full report N   Phuket   Sea Fun Divers was super cooperative and helpful in booking dives and trasporting back and forth to day trips. Nitrox was availabl... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
11/2008   Mike Cavanaugh
250+ Dives
 
Sea Bees Diving/ Marriott Phuket Beach Club Full report N   Phuket   Phuket, Thailand had been recommended to us as a destination by a diving friend. Having never before traveled to Thailand, we book... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2010   Steve Giles
1000+ Dives
 
Mermaid Liveaboards/ Mermaid 2 Full report Y   Similans, Richelieu Rock   There were 14 staff on the boat--5 divemasters and the rest Thai helpers, captain, cook, etc. All were extraordinarily anxious to... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
3/2011   Randall S Preissig
1000+ Dives
 
Mermaid Liveaboards/ Mermaid 2 Full report Y   Southern Thailand   Please see my other report on the Similan Islands: www.undercurrent.org/members/UCnow/dive_reviews/Thailand/MermaidLiveaboards_Si... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
3/2011   Randall S Preissig
1000+ Dives
 
Sea Bees/ MV Genesis I Full report Y   Khao Lak   This brief report is divided into three sections: Resort, Dive Sites and Liveaboard experience. Intro Arrived from India via K... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
11/2011   Bob Penhearow
100+ Dives
 
West Coast Divers/ MV West Coast Explorer Full report N   Similan Islands   The trip is a four day, four night liveaboard trip that leaves from Tap Lamu just 20 minutes north of the Sarasin bridge from the ... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
12/2007   Arthur Lafave
100+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover/ n/a Full report Y   Andamann Sea   The Ocean Rover is a great live aboard, with incredible attention to detail and extremely courteous staff. They went out of their... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
2/2004   Michael N. Hofman
500+ Dives
 
BB divers/ Ocean Blue hotel Full report N   Koh Chang island   the bad: most of the dives were not exciting but a lot better than Boracay (Ph.) which had lots of sand and rocks; the hotel was ... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
11/2012   Eldon Okazaki
1000+ Dives
 
Dive Adventure/ Oceanblue Guest House N   Koh Chang   I contacted Dive Adventure to use their boat and shop to conduct my TDI Nitrox and SDI Advanced Adventure Diving course for a marr... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
12/2013   wesley copley
250+ Dives
 
Sea Bees/ Palm Garden Khao Lok Full report Y   Andaman Sea   Went to Thailand to see the renowned Similan and Surin Islands during whale shark season. Overall disappointing trip due to poor ... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
3/2007   Bob Sivak
100+ Dives
 
Sea Bees/ Peach Hill Hotel and Resort Full report N   Phuket   Peach Hill accomodations were very good but not lavish. The AC worked VERY well, comfortable beds, tv with a couple of english st... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
4/2005   Karen Guthrie
100+ Dives
 
Dive Asia/ Safaribeach Hotel Full report N   [N/A]   Dive Asia is the Toyota Camry of Phuket Diving. Good reliable service, knowledgeable unobtrusive dive masters, great Thai food, e... Full report  
4 stars
5 stars  
12/2006   Dan Panzica
250+ Dives
 
Samui International Divers/ Samui Natien Full report N   Gulf of Thailand   My expectations were not high, because I knew that the best diving in Thailand is on the other side of the penninsula. Diving was... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
9/2002   Carl Scott
100+ Dives
 
Davy Jones Locker/ Silver Sands N   Koh Tao   "Excellent place to do a PADI IDC Course!"
Excellent place to do a PADI IDC Course!I sort of stumbled on to Davy Jones Locker as I had planned to do my PADI IDC (Instructor Development Course) with Asia Divers in ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
11/2014   Raymond C Villemarette
250+ Dives
 
South Siam Divers/ South Siam 3 Y   Similan Islands   Good: The Similans are unusual destination as the underwater topography involves granite slab, boulders and formations. Dramatic ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
11/2013   Wellington
250+ Dives
 
South Siam 4, Mermaid Liveaboards/ South Siam 4 and Mermaid II Full report Y   Phuket   Actually did two liveaboards. The first was booked in Phuket with Sunrise Diving (an agent/shop). This was the South Siam 4 boat. ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
4/2009   Robert Morris
100+ Dives
 
Thailand Aggressor Y   [N/A]   My friend Gale French and I just returned from the seven day voyage on the “new” Thailand Aggressor in the North Andaman Sea. The ... Full report  
2 stars
2 stars  
3/2013   shaya zucker
250+ Dives
 
The Junk Full report Y   Similan Islands   I tried to book this trip through Dive Adventures Asia. After the first exchange of e-mails with the owner, I was unfortunately no... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
5/2012   Elizabeth Crapo
250+ Dives
 
Adventure Club Full report N   Phi Phi Island   I ended up unexpectedly spending the night on Phi Phi Island after learning that I couldn't take the afternoon ferry from Phuket t... Full report  
3 stars
3 stars  
5/2012   Elizabeth Crapo
250+ Dives
 
Jolly Roger Dive Boat Full report N   Phuket   Do not dive with this company!!!!!!!! We scheduled this dive through Eden Dive in Patong, Phuket, Thailand. Their boat was very ... Full report  
1 stars
1 stars  
4/2012   Karl Gustinger
1000+ Dives
 
MV Nautica Full report Y   Similan Islands   The crew and divemasters were wonderful, helpful and friendly. It is a comfortable boat with tasty plentiful food. They accomadate... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
1/2012   Ian Chisholm
<100 Dives
 
MV Nautica Full report Y   Similan islands, Phuket   The bad: the coral was recovering from coral bleaching ( due to previous 34 deg.C water); some coral was still dead (Hans from Hol... Full report  
2 stars
4 stars  
11/2010   Eldon Okazaki
1000+ Dives
 
Ban's Dive Resort Full report N   Koh Tao   Ban's primary business appears to be diver training. Therefore, you are on a boat filled with students (of all levels--Open Water... Full report  
1 stars
5 stars  
10/2010   Jackie Pearce
250+ Dives
 
MV Trident Full report Y   Gulf of Thailand   This was a six day technical dive trip wreck diving in the Gulf of Thailand aboard the MV Trident. We began planning this trip abo... Full report  
5 stars
1 stars  
4/2010   J W Hinson
500+ Dives
 
The Junk Full report N   Adaman Sea   Six nights on a converted Chinese junk, diving in the Andaman Sea, with a Thai chef is about as close to Nirvana as you can get. ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
12/2008   John Woolley
100+ Dives
 
Big Blue Divers Full report N   [N/A]   Big Blue is a great operation, offering instruction and guidance in about 12 languages, located on Koh Tao in the Gulf of Thailand... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
7/2008   Georgette Oden
100+ Dives
 
M/V Pawara Full report N   Similan Islands   The Good: The M/V Pawara is a 2 Y/O ship. It is in excellent condition and very comfortable. The dive deck is large and spacious w... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
2/2008   Randy Saffell
500+ Dives
 
Pattaya Divers Full report N   Pattaya   Great shoreside operation with plenty of warnings of how little there is to see near Pattaya, which makes it a great place to focu... Full report  
1 stars
3 stars  
1/2008   Fred Gebhart
250+ Dives
 
Philkade Full report Y   [N/A]   Divers board from Phuket, Thailand which is easy to reach from almost anywhere in Asia, including Singapore or Bangkok. The boat ... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
1/2008   Sherwin Isenberg, M.D.
500+ Dives
 
White Manta Full report Y   Andaman Sea   I spent three days, and two nights, on board the White Manta, out of Phuket, Thailand, at the end of November and beginning of Dec... Full report  
3 stars
4 stars  
12/2007   Ian Kennedy
100+ Dives
 
South Siam IV Full report Y   [N/A]   My second trip with South Siam. This time on their liveaboard that travels to Richelieu Rock South Siam 4. This operation allows... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
3/2007   Jon Morrow
100+ Dives
 
Colona VI Full report N   Phuket/Andaman Sea   Very good trip for a two-day weekend liveaboard. Amazed by the sheer volume of fish at sites like Hin Muang and Hin Daeng. Huge sc... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
4/2006   Edward Dixon
100+ Dives
 
Mermaid 2 Full report Y   Similan and Surin Islands   The Mermaid 2 was nice and rather inexpensive. It was my first livaboard so I have nothing to compare to, but I would take the sa... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
3/2006   Jonathan Scolnick
<100 Dives
 
Taa Toh Lagoon Dive Resort Full report N   Koh Tao   This is a fantastic place for new Divers and a relaxing enjoyable place for more expierienced Divers. The resort(and I use t... Full report  
3 stars
5 stars  
2/2006   Richard Masin
<100 Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report Y   Myanmar   Probably the best run dive boat we've been on (over 25 live-aboards). The crew is absolutely magnificient: very friendly, very he... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
1/2006   Don & Michelle Major
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report N   Andaman Sea   Ocean Rover is a first class operation. This was only our second liveaboard, but we are probably spoiled forever. The 11 person ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
4/2005   Robert Brown
100+ Dives
 
Mermaid I Full report Y   Similan Islands   Faultless liveaboard arrangements were made by Siam Dive & Sail (John Williams), Phuket, Thailand. Excellent crew/diver ratio. ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
3/2005   Michael W. Igoe
250+ Dives
 
MY Anggun Full report Y   Similans/Megui   Loved the Anggun and the crew. The trip was twelve days without a repeat of dive sites except when requested. Diving was not par... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
3/2005   Michael W. McCroskey
500+ Dives
 
The Junk Full report Y   [N/A]   Diving on The JUNK (www.thejunk.com) is something very special. It is an old Chinese junk (1962) which has even been used in a Jam... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
3/2005   Thomas Lippert
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report Y   Phuket and Burma   Fantastic boat, one of the best I have been on. The accomodations were very comfortable, the boat was quiet and stable, and the c... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
2/2005   John Rigsbee
500+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report Y   Similan Islands & Burma   We booked this trip after the December 26 Tsunami. Divers considering a trip should not hesitate to visit or travel through Phuket... Full report  
5 stars
1 stars  
2/2005   Mark & Diana Woodward
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report N   Phuket to Myanmar   Boat and crew were fantastic. Boat may be best designed in the world! I have not dived Kararu but I have been on a lot of boats. ... Full report  
5 stars
5 stars  
2/2005   Scott Sansenbach
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report Y   Andaman Sea   The diving was wonderful - pelagics, large and small fish, schools of fish, coral, nudibrancs, crabs, lobsters, seahorses, morays.... Full report  
5 stars
1 stars  
1/2005   Robert and Ruth Lindner
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report Y   Surin Similans+Burma   Exceptionally well-run operation with outstanding crew. We were there when the Tsunami hit. Fortunately, we did not experience a... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
12/2004   DAVID SHEM-TOV
100+ Dives
 
Big Blue Dive Resort Full report N   Koh Tao   Big Blue Dive Resort, Koh Tao, Thailand July, 2004 John Crossley The diving at Koh Tao isn’t bad in July, but it’s not nearly... Full report  
2 stars
3 stars  
7/2004   John Crossley
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report Y   [N/A]   The boat service is a as good as advertised. This is the most effortless diving I've ever done. The crew was there for your ever... Full report  
4 stars
2 stars  
4/2004   Joe Puglia
500+ Dives
 
Scuba Cat Full report Y   [Phuket - Andaman Sea   The Live-aboard's boat was the Scuba Adventure. The site is world class. I plan to go back in 2005. I made a 10-day trip from two... Full report  
5 stars
4 stars  
4/2004   K C DenDooven
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report Y   similan islands, surin, berma   There is nothing bad about taking a trip on the Ocean Rover! She was built specifically for liveaboard diving, and is incredibly ... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
3/2004   ann mcgrath
250+ Dives
 
Anggun Full report Y   [N/A]   The dive sites in Thai waters were usually crowded with other liveaboards and day boats. By the time we got into the waters of My... Full report  
3 stars
1 stars  
2/2004   Bob & Doris Schaffer
1000+ Dives
 
OCEAN ROVER Full report Y   ANDAMAN SEA-BURMA   THIS TRIP WAS EXCELLENT OVERALL. SAW LOTS OF SMALL CRITTERS INCLUDING FROGFISH, GHOST PIPEFISH, HARLIQUIN SHRIMPS,CRABS EELS AND... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
1/2004   BENJAMIN GLICK
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report Y   Similans, Burma waters   This is the No. 1 Live-aboard we've been on in over 16 years of diving the world. Fabulous service and wonderful diving on this t... Full report  
5 stars
2 stars  
1/2004   Linda Gettmann
500+ Dives
 
Viking Cruises Full report Y   Similian Islands - Patong   The "Viking of the Orient" is a new beautiful custom boat designed and built by Scandinavian owner/operator, Einar Meling, a fun l... Full report  
4 stars
3 stars  
1/2004   Randy Howarth
500+ Dives
 
MV Rhapsody Full report N   Phuket   [NMV Rhapsody Livaboard, Phuket, Thailand January, 2004 John Crossley The MV Rhapsody is a medium size wooden V hull livaboar... Full report  
4 stars
4 stars  
1/2004   John Crossley
1000+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report N   Andaman Sea   Our forth liveaboard trip and best by far. Boat very well laid out and in great condition. Best crew hands down, valet diving at... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
11/2003   Brian Woods
250+ Dives
 
Ocean Rover Full report Y   Similans, Mergui   This was an absolutely fantastic trip. I had positive expectations, given previous reader reports, but absolutely everything wa... Full report  
5 stars
3 stars  
5/2003   Wayne Batzer
250+ Dives
 
MV Andaman SeaFarer Full report Y   Similan Islands   After a 12 day liveaboard in Indonesia we tacked on a five day voyage to the Andaman Sea off Thailand. The MV Andaman SeaFarer ... Full report  
5 stars
1 stars  
1/2003   Pat Wikstrom
500+ Dives
 
MV Catch Up Full report Y   Simalan Islands   Took a three hours ride from Dive Shop to port. Got assigned a room next to the kitchen therefore got several roaches on the bed ... Full report  
3 stars
2 stars  
4/2002   Kinson Tong
<100 Dives
 

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