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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Thailand/Similan Islands & Burma

February, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Mark & Diana Woodward, WA, USA
Report Number 1581
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
British Columbia, Washington State, California, Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji,
Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Bonaire, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Night diving limited to 1 hr  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Spacious camera and charging facilities both on dive deck and indoors. 
Plenty of 110 and 220 v charging stations.  Crew was verh helpful and
careful with camera gear handling before entry and two step rinse after.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
We booked this trip after the December 26 Tsunami. Divers considering a
trip should not hesitate to visit or travel through Phuket,Thailand.  Most
of the island was unaffected and in 34 dives from the liveaboard operation
I saw no evidence of tsunami damage to reefs.  The Ocean Rover is the best
of the 8 liveaboards I have experienced.  Spotless boat,top notch service
(12 crew for max of 16 guests), a spacious cabins and ensuite head/shower
and effective in-cabin controlled air conditioning.  Food was a so-so
offering of western food and a rather bland and monotonous form of Thai
food. Diving was great - many mantas, some leopard sharks, silvertip
sharks, stingrays, potato cod, lots of cuttlefish, lionfish everywhere,
seahorses, ghost pipefish, seahorses, harlequin shrimp, etc. etc. Most
diving was from dinghy in some current.  Excellent dinghy ladder system
made re-boarding the dinghy easy - best design I've seen. Ocean Rover and
her crew are the best. 
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