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Dive Review of Sea Bees/MV Genesis I in
Thailand/Khao Lak

November, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Penhearow, ON, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 6372
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Canada, Florida, Cuba, DM, St. Lucia, Red Sea, Madagascar, Mauritius,
Sipadan, Philippines (Anilao, Boracay, Malapascua)
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
26   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
  to    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depended upon D/M: Depth & 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Designated Bucket & Charge Station on Boat
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
This brief report is divided into three sections: Resort, Dive Sites and
Liveaboard experience.

Arrived from India via KL to Phuket. Met by 'Oi" a cheery lady taxi
driver. One hour later I arrived at the resort. Rested the first day, then
on to the liveaboard for a 3-day back to back trip - 6-day total - to the
Surin Islands and then to the Similan Islands.

I Palm Beach Resort - Highly Recommended
The resort is well run by Boby the resort manageress. Food is excellent,
accommodation good with a/c and en-suite for each room. The staff attitude
and helpfulness is outstanding. Will certainly return again if diving from
Koah Lak. The Sea bees dive shop is on site.

II Dive Sites - 15 Dives

a) Surin islands - Good
Surin Pk is great!

b) Richelieu Rock - Outstanding!
4-dives, perhaps the best ever dive site in my limited experience. Loved
every moment. Clouds of fish: Large Trigger fish, large Groupers, large
Barracudas, Cuttle fish, large Morey Eels, Scorpion, Fusiliers, Sergeant
Majors, Glassfish, Shrimps - It simply rained fish! The rock configurations
are fascinating. I can see why this site is ranked in the global top 10.
Must return!

c) Similan Islands - Good
Octopus, Turtle, Sweet Lips, Morey Eels, Scorpions, Bat Fish, Stingray etc-
current moderate.

III Liveaboard - MV Genesis I 
Overall a good experience, the food is outstanding and the crew excellent!

However, the boat lacked simple basic maintenance. As an example one ofthe
toilets had no running water for the wash basin. There were only two
toilets on the boat. Tape was on one of the a/c units and the fans were not
functioning in two of the cabins. General neglect marred a rather good
experience. The primary concern for me was the no shoe policy which is fine
if there are no slip surfaces. However, the surface was very slippery
especially going from the main deck to the upper deck via a rather steep
steel ladder. I injured my legs on more than one occasion. Will not return
to this boat until this reported safety issue is addressed. 

Overall, the Surin & Similans are great, will certainly return
especially to Richelieu!! 

Hope the above helps. 
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