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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Thailand

Ocean Rover, Apr, 2004,

by Joe Puglia, Fl, USA . Report 1071.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Palau, Solomon Islands, Caribbean, Turk and Caicos, South Africa
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Computers required. No decompression
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Good sized work and charging area. Ample storage and rinsing areas on dive deck. One PC for digital that can burn CD's

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The boat service is a as good as advertised. This is the most effortless diving I've ever done. The crew was there for your every need. The cabins are large and comfortable with good size bathrooms. Sundeck is beautiful and spacious. The food was outstanding; a mix of Thai and western food. There was always plenty to eat with enough variety that no one was disappointed. Beer and wine were extra.

The diving was good to great. Richelieu Rock was fantastic! You could dive it all week and not see everything. Myanmar was nice although visibility was limited at times. Black Rock was my favorite. Trust the guides. At Twin Peaks one afternoon the dive was great, no current, Mantas, octopus, sea snake etc. The next morning by the end of the dive it was flag pole diving on the mooring line. Critter sightings were great, Ribbon eels, mantas on 1/2 the dives, Leopard sharks, plenty of octopus (including a couple mating), cuttlefish, all varieties of Nudis, lots and lots of tropicals including 6 Line Soapfish.

All diving was from dinghies. Most days there were 5 dives available. On the two travel days only three. There was no need to find the boat as the dinghie drivers were right there when you surfaced. Nitrox 32 was offered for a small up charge and well worth it. Computers are required.

Its a long trip from the US so give yourself a couple of days on shore to get acclaimated. We spent a few days in Bangkok and a couple of days at the Chedi in Phuket. Both quite nice.

This was really a fantastic trip!
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