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

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Eldon Okazaki, CA, US
Top Contributor   (41 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 5814
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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