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

Ocean Rover/n/a, Feb, 2004,

by Michael N. Hofman, CA, usa . Report 1238.

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

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 76 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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