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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Thailand/Surin Similans+Burma

Ocean Rover, Dec, 2004,

by DAVID SHEM-TOV, NA, UK . Report 1510.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Palau, Truk, Cocos, French Polynesia, Carribbean, India, Red Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 26 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 5 to 30 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay out of deco. 40 meters max. 5 min safety stop recommended. You could dive alone.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Multiple rinse tanks. Crew took great care with cameras. Lots of electrical points. Computer for use of photographers (with Photoshop and CD-Rom burn facility. E6 available, but 25 roll minimum. Boat clearly designed for photographers.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Exceptionally well-run operation with outstanding crew. We were there when the Tsunami hit. Fortunately, we did not experience any direct effects of the Tsunami. Throughout, safety precautions were sensibly balanced with the desire to accomodate our diving. We were able to visit some sites before and after the Tsunami hit them. It is true that SOME sites we visited, inshore Surin and Similans, showed extensive damage to hard coral. Fortunately, many other sites, particularly sea mounts (such as Richelieu Rock) and those in Burma experienced little or no visible damage. I am confident that the Ocean Rover crew will be able to continue to provide quality diving at very good sites, both in Thailand and Burma.

I experienced the Sea Rover's excellence before I even got on the boat. A missed connection in Frankfurt meant I would arrive in Phuket the day after the boat's departure. Greg at the office was able to mount a military style operation to get me to the boat (using cars and a water taxi) comfortably and quickly, with the minimal loss of diving. I do not think I have enjoyed a better service (including 'wetsuit valet') from any other liveaboard I have been on. Highly recommended.
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