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Dive Review of MV Nautica in
Thailand/Similan islands, Phuket

MV Nautica, Nov, 2010,

by Eldon Okazaki, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 43 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 5814.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving SE Asia, Caribbean, Hawaian islands, Mexico, Palau, PNG, Great Barrier Reef, Moorea, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 2 night dives where you could dive on your own;
rest of dives, you followed the dive masters
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments tenders were not used; there was a lg. barrel of fresh water; the boat boys were 2nd to none for cameras

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 2 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments The bad: the coral was recovering from coral bleaching ( due to previous 34 deg.C water); some coral was still dead (Hans from Holland said it was shitty for one sunset dive near Surin island); after Mid Nov.(not before Nov.12)the weather was rainy.

The good: the food was tasty and good usually; although the crew did not usually speak English, they were very, very, very helpful for wetsuit on or off; some photos were OK; the divers were nice ( 1/2 from Netherlands, 3 Californians, 2 Londoners, 1 Swiss; cabins were adequate. The British and American DMs were good at their jobs;
the "first" for me was the Maldian sponge snail; red tail butterfly fishes were abundant.
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