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Dive Review of MV Trident in
Thailand/Gulf of Thailand

MV Trident, Apr, 2010,

by J W Hinson, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 5475.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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