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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Thailand/Similans, Mergui

May, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Wayne Batzer, HI, USA
Report Number 463
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Micronesia, Bali, Midway, New Zealand, British Virgin Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
84   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No planned deco dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Two large freshwater tanks, large wet and dry work areas, plenty of AC
outlets (110 and 220) for recharging, plenty of room for computers for
digital photography.  The staff is very muched used to photographers
(frequent professionals on board) and very attentive.  E-6 processing is
available, but was not used by any divers on this trip.
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
  This was an absolutely fantastic trip.  I had positive expectations,
given previous reader reports, but absolutely everything was superb.  The
boat has 12 Thai crew, and two dive guides (for 10 divers).  Company policy
is to do the cruise whether full, with 16 divers, or with just one.  Food
was great, with a wide range of Thai dishes, plus standard western fare at
each meal.  The diving was wonderful, and quite varied.  There were nice
coral formations, large sea fans, areas with interesting topography and
swim throughs.  The sea life was also quite varied, with enough to please
everyone, including sea horses, nudibranchs, many varieties of morays,
longsnout filefish, napoleon wrasse, cuttlefish, squid, nurse sharks,
leopard sharks, decorator and anemone crabs, fire urchins, frogfish, large
schools of goatfish, jacks, barracuda, scorpionfish everywhere, bluespotted
stingrays, lionfish, manta rays and whale sharks (I was able to swim with
one for many minutes, and 36 photos, quite an experience!).  
  The boat is beautifully maintained, with comfortable, airconditioned
cabins, sundeck, large lounge, and very spacious dive area.  Diving is
sometimes directly from the boat, more often on short Zodiac rides.  A
Zodiac was always nearby upon surfacing.  The guides are very helpful in
pointing out whatever you want to see, and excellent briefings, with dive
area maps, are given before each dive.  The schedule was announced in
advance, varied only to provide the best diving, with as many as 4 dives
per day and a night dive.  I did 37 dives on this trip.  This was the last
trip of the season, leaving from Phuket, and covered a lot of territory,
including the Similan Islands, Burma Banks, and Mergui Archipelago (diving
in both Thai and Myanmar waters).  
  This is an attentive, safety conscious, topnotch outfit, which I
recommend without reservation.  
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