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Dive Review of MV Catch Up in
Thailand/Simalan Islands

April, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Kinson Tong, NT, Hong Kong
Report Number 48
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Sipadan Island, Palau, Yap, Great Barrier Reef
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
3 stars    
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 on several nights. 
Engine is right below our cabin, fortunately, we got some ear-plugs from
Boots.  Air-con went-off in the middle of one night, came back up later.

Food was okay.

Dive was beyond expectation. 2  3 mantas at the last diving day.  One of
the mantas has a rope across its face, very sad.  A whale shark about 18
feet.  Got chased away by another group of divers.  One of them even try to
touch the beauty with his bare hands, wanted to kill him right away.

Dive guides were okay.  Not particularly attentive to divers.  Did exactly
what a dive guide does take divers out there and bring them back.  And
thats all.

Saw around a shool of dolpins when boat was returning to port.

Would definitely return to Simalaan Islands, but not the same boat.
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