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

December, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by DAVID SHEM-TOV, NA, UK (1 report)
Report Number 1510

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Reporter
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk, Cocos, French Polynesia, Carribbean, India, Red Sea

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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