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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Thailand/Andaman Sea

Ocean Rover, Apr, 2005,

by Robert Brown, MN, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 1812.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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