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Dive Review of Pattaya Divers in
Thailand/Pattaya

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Fred Gebhart, CA, US
Report Number 3934
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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