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Dive Review of Jolly Roger Dive Boat in

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Karl Gustinger, LA, US (1 report)
Report Number 6541
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Indonesia, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Philippines, Florida Keys,
Honduras, Bahamas, Curacao, Jamaica, Barbados
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
  to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No! Certification cards were not checked, NITROX offered but no analyzer
available to check O2 concentration.  Dangerous operation!!!!!  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No Charging station available, poor facilities for photographers.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
2 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
1 stars   
1 stars    
Do not dive with this company!!!!!!!!  We scheduled this dive through Eden
Dive in Patong, Phuket, Thailand.  Their boat was very crowded, the people
on the boat were very rude, two of our divers had equipment stolen, no
certifications were ever checked, NITROX was offered but no analyzer was
available and the food was the worst that we had in Thailand.
The dive deck on the Jolly Roger was small and cramped.  Divers were packed
with no room for preparation. 
The food tasted like it had been prepared the night before if not earlier
in the day before.  I doubt that my dog would have eaten it. 
The other divers on the boat were very rude, had poor hygiene and stole
equipment from divers in our party.  This boat caters to Russian divers. 
They were probably the rudest divers I have ever been on a boat with in my
life.  One of our divers had their mask stolen and another had wetsuit
boots stolen on this dive.
The worst things about the boat was the safety issues.  I have been a diver
for almost 30 years.  I have been an instructor for about 5 years.  The
safety standards which were ignored are unacceptable.  No certification
cards were ever checked.  They blended their own NITROX on the boat but
they did not have an analyzer on the boat to verify the concentration of
oxygen in your tank.  When I complained they took the one off of the
blender so we could do a half-assed check of the concentration.  No tank
log was available for the NITROX tanks.

After this one day of diving we switched our dives to dive with Sea Bees
Divers.  Oh my god, what a different dive operation.  Dive deck was much
bigger and they considered the boat sold out with half the divers of the
Jolly Roger.  The food on the Sea Bees boat was cooked fresh on the boat
and it was great food.  The workers on the boat were very attentive to
everyones needs on the boat.  
Anyone who dives on Phuket....... DIVE WITH SEA BEES DIVERS!!!!!!!
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