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Dive Review of Ocean Rover/n/a in
Thailand/Andamann Sea

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Michael N. Hofman, CA, usa
Report Number 1238
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, PNG, Belize, Fiji, Yap, Cozumel, Bonaire, Thailand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Great set up for equipment: special cleaning tanks, storage and maintenance
location (even a computer available for downloading digital shots).
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
The Ocean Rover is a great live aboard, with incredible attention to detail
and extremely courteous staff.  They went out of their way to accommodate
our needs.  The boat is very comfortable with many extras (the push button
espresso maker on the sun deck was a real hit)!  The diving was very
interesting: some of the Thailand sites were very interesting but very
crowded; the Burma sites were also interesting but had much lower
visibility (and of course no other boats were there).  Some of the best
dives occurred upon our return to Thailand (early morning before the other
dive boats arrived). Overfishing has results in fewer large fish, but some
great macro shots were available!  The dive masters and cruise director
went out of their way to show interesting features.  Our only
disappointment was the food was a little too oriented towards beef and pork
and was a little too greasy for our tastes (no chicken was available as the
avian flu removed all the chicken from the markets). Another highlight was
the trip to Angkor Watt we took beforehand -- a must see experience.
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