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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Thailand/Myanmar

January, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Don & Michelle Major, NJ, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 2367
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
KBR & Komodo Indonesia, Truk, Palau, Cocos, St. Vincent, Sipadan,
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
120 depth max, follow computer, no alcohol before dive; treated like adults  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
No E-6 processing (so much for film cameras), good to great for digital
still and video. They had lots of work areas and sufficient outlets for
charging cameras and such in the main salon.  It might be tight if all 16
(maximum) divers were photo/video heads.  Large flat screen monitor for
viewing pictures from cameras (direct) or from lap tops
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Probably the best run dive boat we've been on (over 25 live-aboards).  The
crew is absolutely magnificient: very friendly, very helpful, very
competent. The best.
The diving that we did around Thailand (except for Richelieu Rock) was
quite mediocre.  It was much better diving when were in Myanmar waters
(Mergui Archipelago).  There were lots of critters: harlequin shrimp, ghost
pipefish, morays, snake eels, mmantis shrimp, decorator crabs, seran
shrimp, stone fish, lots of scorpion fish (multiple species).  As for
bigger fish: some leopard sharks, nurse sharks, and 4 or 5 mantas.
The food was quite good, although we were told to be careful with the Thai
green spicy sauce (yikes!).  After about a week, the food became
repetitive.
Hans, the head divemaster, while friendly, was preoccupied with doing his
own photography, rather than leading or showing us the critters.
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