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Dive Review of MV Rhapsody in

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by John Crossley, CA, USA
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Report Number 1358
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Sipadan, Galapagos, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Truk, Palau, Yap,
Florida, Cayman Islands & more
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Small Camera table, adequate rinse & charging stations
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
[NMV Rhapsody Livaboard, Phuket, Thailand
January, 2004
John Crossley

The MV Rhapsody is a medium size wooden V hull livaboard that primarily
does four and five day trips out to the Similan Islands from Phuket. Its a
pretty good ship but not quite as nice as one of the better ships of the
Aggressor fleet. There are only four air-conditioned ensuite cabins for
eight divers, and there is pretty good space though not many shelves.  It
lacks a decent camera table so you have to do your camera work in the
spacious salon.  The dive deck is small, so we suited up four divers and a
guide in each of two groups. A definite highlight is the food, which is
cooked to order from your choice on a huge menu.  Its excellent food too,
with plenty of western and Thai choices.  Overall the ship is very clean
but it does rock a bit in even normal seas.

Rhapsodys dive operation is very well organized and safety oriented.  Its
dive guides are decent but not great at finding critters.  Visibility was
typically in the 60 to 90 foot range, with a high of 100 plus and a low of
about 40.  Dive sites were the typical popular locations, with nice corals,
lots of colorful fish, some nice formations to swim though and interesting
macro critters.  However we did not find the Harlequin Shrimps found on
previous trips.  On the other hand, we had several up=close encounters with
Leopard Sharks, and a dive at Koh Bon Ridge in beautiful water on a sunny
day with three huge mantas that circled around us for 30 minutes.  Overall
this ship is a good value because its better than most, but not quite at
the reputed level and price of the top rated Ocean Rover.

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