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Dive Review of Pattaya Divers in
Thailand/Pattaya

Pattaya Divers, Jan, 2008,

by Fred Gebhart, CA, US . Report 3934.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Great Barrier Reef, Philippines, Phuket, Mergui (Burma), Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Great shoreside operation with plenty of warnings of how little there is to see near Pattaya, which makes it a great place to focus on training...the warmings were spot on. The nearer islands, a 30-45 min boat trip from the beach in a high-speed boat, are fished out, trashed out and dived out. Most of the coral is dead and covered with algae, fish are small and few in number, though we spotted a dozen or so small morrays in on small patch of rock. Attention to safety and documentation was too good for my own comfort: I wasn't allowed on a wreck dive because I have only a NAUI open water cert despite several hundred dives in my log, including other wrecks in Thai waters, but it was 100% by the book. Food was downright scarce, small Subway sandwiches, though there was plenty of fresh pineapple waiting between dives. I'd go back for advanced training based on the way the operation is run, but the diving itself has all the excitement of a cloudy swimming pool.
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