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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Thailand/Similans, Burma waters

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Linda Gettmann, WA, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 965
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
South Pacific, Caribbean, Baja, Florida, Red Sea, PNG, Fiji, Micronesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Do a safety stop, come up with 500 psi, all the standard safety cautions,
nothing was really "enforced".  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 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  
Mark Strickland is the photo pro on board, does an excellent job and will
help you with any camera or equipment problem.  E-6 processing and he did a
great job there too, all 22 rolls of my Velvia film came out fabulous. 
Lots of camera tables and plugs for charging. Crew is very careful with
camera gear, handing it in and out of dinghy's, and they rinse the cameras
for you after the dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
This is the No. 1 Live-aboard we've been on in over 16 years of diving the
world.  Fabulous service and wonderful diving on this two-year old, built
for diving boat that sails out of Phuket.  We dove several days in Thai
waters 50-60 miles offshore in the Similans and Richeleau Rock, went up
north into Myanmar (Burma) waters and dove the Mergui Archipelago and Burma
Banks.  Viz wasn't so great lots of places, but the marine life made up for
it, just don't necessarily plan on shooting wide angle the whole trip--we
were only able to shoot wide-angle two days of a ten day voyage.  Excellent
accommodations and food, the service is beyond belief, they help you on
with your gear, even zip up your wetsuit, and at the end of the cruise, all
gear is rinsed for you if you'd like.  They were wonderful.  The dive
guides pointed out tons of marine life, we saw several new critters we'd
never seen before or photographed.  Usually were moderate currents, a
couple times they were very strong.  This is not a place for beginners,
most of the diving is done from the dinghy and most of the reefs start
below 40 feet.  Lots of safety stops were done hanging in blue water
drifting with the current.  Safety sausage is a must have, they furnish
them on the boat.  I would recommend this trip for experienced divers
looking for a new destination, and maybe one that you weren't aware of, the
Andaman Sea is pretty amazing.
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