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Dive Review of Mermaid 2 in
Thailand/Similan and Surin Islands

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jonathan Scolnick, ca, USA
Report Number 2361
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
All over Caribean, Hawaii, Bora Bora
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes for most dives, though I don't know that it was strongly
enforced.  Divers went down in groups but were welcome to separate under
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was a camera only rinse tank, but no camera table near the dive deck.
 There was plenty of space for working on cameras once they were dry in the
lounge.  The crew were extremely helpful with photography tips from taking
care of the camera and housing to taking and editing pics.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
The Mermaid 2 was nice and rather inexpensive.  It was my first livaboard
so I have nothing to compare to, but I would take the same boat again.  I
took the four day trip to the Similan and Surin Islands; they also offer a
three day trip to the south of Phuket which can be done together as a one
week cruise.  On the four day trip, we did four dives a day for the first
three days and then two on the last day before motoring home.  Good
briefings were given before every dive.  Some of the sites had a mild to
moderate current, but you just had to surface with your marker when you ran
out of air and the dingy would pick you up.  Beginers and experienced
divers all had a good time.  The similan and surin islands were amazing. 
Soft coral everywhere and more fish than I could count in a lifetime.  The
third day of the trip was my best day diving ever.  First dive, 30 minutes
with a whale shark.  Dive two, manta ray.  Dive three had an octpus and
many turtles.  I spent much of the fourth dive watching blind shrimp
cleaning house for a gobi.  No matter what you like to see, you will find
it here (though to be truthful, many of the divemasters had never seen a
whale shark, and Andrea, the leader of the trip, had not seen one in six
years).   However, even if we hadn't seen any of the large pelagics, the
reefs, fish and macro life were so fantastic I will hopefully return again
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