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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Thailand/Andaman Sea

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Brown, MN, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 1812
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Barrier Reef, Hawaii, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Florida, Utila, Belize.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
One hour or 500 PSI.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Ocean Rover is a first class operation.  This was only our second
liveaboard, but we are probably spoiled forever.  The 11 person crew was
there for your every need, including help gearing up.  Gear was set up for
you upon boarding and tanks refilled to 3000 PSI+ (nitrox available) after
each dive.  Diving was from Zodiacs, and they were always right there at
the end of your dive.  No requirement to stay with the group, but always
two divemasters in the water to follow if you so desired.  No evidence of
damage from the tsunami during our dives, but there is still dynamite
fishing going on, especially to the North in Myanmar waters.  Huge schools
of fish at some sites, but always lot's to see.  Highlight of trip for me
was the Ornate Ghost Pipefish...spectacular.  Current on about 1/3 of our
dives was from mild to fairly strong.  Most travelling was done at night to
maximize dive time; up to five dives per day.
This boat is purpose built, with a whale deck for easy access to the
Zodiacs.  Diver accommodations for 16 (2 per cabin), with maid service
during the first dive of the day. Cabins were spacious; ample closet and
underbed storage space.  Bathroom and shower in every cabin, with large
picture window in most. Warm towels following each dive, three hearty meals
per day with good variety, and an afternoon snack.  Soda pop, juice, fruit
available anytime.  Beer and wine at extra cost.  On-board desalination
plant provided all the fresh water we needed, without rationing.  Check out
the boat and their itineraries at www.ocean-rover.com
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