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Dive Review of MV Trident in
Thailand/Gulf of Thailand

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by J W Hinson, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5475
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Mexico, Yap, Truk Lagoon, Fiji, Thailand, Gulf of Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  N/A
Tropical Fish
N/A  
Small Critters
  N/A
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was a six day technical dive trip wreck diving in the Gulf of Thailand
aboard the MV Trident. We began planning this trip about eighteen months
ago with the goal of diving several wrecks including the USS Lagarto, the
last US submarine lost in WWII, and the Japanese Tottori Maru, a
"hellship" that carried 2,000 American POWs from the Philippines
to Japan. One of the POWs was my father who was captured in April, 1942.

This was a technical dive trip with depths in the 250' range. The Trident
is a basic, no frills dive boat with an outstanding crew. Peter, Miko,
Wilco, Sonia and Crystal went out of their way to provide the best tech
diving possible. 

A typical day included two dives with 18/45 bottom mix and 40% and 100%
deco gases. A deco bar is available with surface supplied O2 for final
deco. Typical dive profiles were 15 - 25 min bottom time. CCR rebreathers
are also supported. A chase boat is available in case a diver loses the up
line. A theromcline is present above the wrecks which reduces the viz to
20-30'.

We flew a variety of flights from various parts of the US. My flight was
Houston to LA, LA to Bangkok then a one hour flight from Bangkok to Koh
Samui where we met the crew and boat.

If your a technical diver looking for new wreck sites, I would highly
recommend checking into this trip.
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