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Dive Review of Sea Bees Diving/Marriott Phuket Beach Club in

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Steve Giles, CA, US
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Report Number 5464
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Bonaire, Cozumel, La Paz, Loreto, British Virgin Islands,
Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Palau, Fiji, Roatan, Guanaha, Hawaii, Costa Rica,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
88   to 91    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits were suggested, but not strictly enforced.  The only thing
strictly enforceed was a no touch policy with respect to all sea life - no
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Both of the Sea Bees boats that we dove accomodated photographers with
separate rinse buckets for cameras and asssistance for photographers in
getting camera equipment in and out of the water.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Phuket, Thailand had been recommended to us as a destination by a diving
friend. Having never before traveled to Thailand, we booked our lodging
with the Marriott Phuket Beach Club on the island of Phuket.  This turned
out to be an excellent choice.  The rooms are first-rate and the grounds
are beautiful.  The resort boasts several excellent restaurants on site.  

Since we knew very little about diving operations on the island, we decided
to place our faith in the concierge at the Marriott for a suggested dive
operator.  Our past experience has been that Marriott takes very good care
of their guests when it comes to recommending athletic endeavors, side
trips, etc.  We were not disappointed.

Sea Bees Diving has a small shop located on the beach of the Marriott
resort.  This shop handles dive trip bookings, equipment rentals, and the
purchase of small miscillaneous articles of dive gear, t-shirts, etc.  The
staff at the shop is cordial and accommodating.  Sea Bees has a fleet of
dive boats inclusive of one live-aboard.

Our stay in Thailand allowed for six days of diving.  We booked two trips
aboard the M/V Excaliber.  The first to Shark Island and Anemone Reef, (two
dives);and a second trip to Phi Phi Island (three dives).  Additionallly,
we booked four two-dive trips aboard the M/C Stingray which traveled each
day to the Similian Islands.

Sea Bees arranged ground transportatioon each day via air- conditioned van
for our drive (one-hour each way) to and from the harbors where we boarded
the boats.  Diving the southern dive sites aboard the Excaliber, we found
visabillity to vary from 30-60 ft.  Diving The Similian Islands aboard the
Sting Ray, visibility was considerably improved: 100-150 ft.  In both dive
areas, water temperature was pretty much a constant, bath-tub
warm,91-degrees F.  The only exception to this was that interrmittantly on
a dive we would encounter a current with a blast of "cold water".
 However, a check of dive computers revealed that this cooler water was
88-degrees F.  It got to where we would look forward to finning into the
cool current as it was a refreshing break.

Sea Bees assigns four divers per divemaster, thus my wife and I and the
couple we traveled with had a private tour each dive.  During the week we
dove with Nigel, Duong, Giles, and Nadia.  All were knowledgable and
attentive to our needs.

A diving day aboard the Sea Bees vessels includes breakfast (eggs, bacon,
sausage, toast)prior to your first dive, lunch between dives (various Thai
dishes), and an after dive snack of fruit, pasteries, etc. In the waters of
Phuket, lion fish abound  as do many other varieties of tropical fish.  We
encountered one very large jelly fish, one very large octopus who was not
the least intimidated by divers, and several sea krates (snakes).  The
Crown of Thorns starfish in Thailand waters are a beautiful iridescent
purple.  The highlight of the Similian trips were Manta Rays (on one dive
at Koh Bon, we encountereed a squadron of 5)as well as a dive at Koh Tachai
where I would have to describe the diving experience as being similiar to
being dropped into an over-sized, well-stocked aquarium.  Every variety of
sea life imaginable could be found inclusive of one Manta, a school of
Albicore, Jacks, numerous other schooling fish, Potato cod, Barracuda,
Lionfish, Stonefish, Scorpionfish, Batfish, Angelfish, Clownfish, a Leopard
shark, Moray eels, Krates,and Mantis shrimp amongst a cast of thousands.

Traveling divers should be aware that the Similian Islands are closed to
boating, fishing, and diving traffic during the months of May-October each
year in order to allow the reefs to regenerate.
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