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Dive Review of Sea Bees/Genesis Liveaboard in
Thailand/Similan and Richelieu

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Guthrie, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 5336
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Thailand, Palau, Tahiti (Bora Bora and Rangiroa), GBR, Cozumel and
Playa del Carmen, Grand and Little Cayman, Belize, Bahamas, Cay Sal Bank,
Big Island and Maui Hawaii, Catalina California, Isla Guadalupe and La Paz
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Charging station was large and each bunk had a plug.  Rinse tank was large
and fresh.  No real place to put your camera between dives except under or
on your bed or on the floor in front of the charging station.  There were
SO many great things to take pictures of that it made up for the
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 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    
We signed up for two back to back 3 day cruises on the Genesis.  The value
is incredible it was just 890 euros per person double occupancy for 6 days
of spectacular diving with free nitrox.  The boat is clean, efficient and
organized.  The diving involved more marine life than we have ever seen and
we have dived Palau and Fiji.  The food was fantastic with 5 meals per day.
 Cereal breakfast, full breakfast with eggs and cheese and bread and fruit
(which is edible because they are careful about the water), lunch and
dinner are about 4 Thai entrees not all spicy and a snack before the last
dive.  Our daugher has severe allergies to Tomatoes and Barley and they
took care of her by leaving all tomatoes off the boat while taking care of
5 vegetarians at the same time.  There are 3 dives on the first and last
day and 4 on the middle day making this six days contain 20 possible dives.
 The Similan Islands are simpler diving and some of the others on the boat
were new divers.  The 12 divers are divided into groups of 3 to 5 and a
dive master is assigned to each group.  This helps because dive briefings
may be in English and German and other languages but were always complete
with drawings of the divesite.  The best diving was on Richelieu Rock.  We
saw multiple Cuttle fish in the same daytime dive, schools of fish that
were measured in thousands, ghost pipefish, gorgeous soft corals and great
vizability in water so warm there was no need for a wetsuit.  On other
dives we saw some of the above and a Zebra Shark, blue spotted rays, frog
fish, and many baby fish including some juvenile sargent majors the size of
bumble bees, and a tiny pissed off trigger fish.  We also saw Mantis,
Cleaner, Banded and other shrimp, Lobsters big enough to be scary, tons of
Clown and Anemone fish, clown trigger fish and so many Lion fish that they
got boring (still a little fun to photograph).  We also saw Scorpion and
Stone fish, loads of eels including Honeycomb Moreys and free swimming eels
on the wreck.  We also spotted nudibranches, a hermit crab, giant sea fans,
box fish and huge puffer fish.  They even celebrated new years with
Champagne and aerial fireworks.  The Thai massage in Khao Lak are about 10
dollars for an hour and leave you floating on air.  We were able to arrange
a day in Hong Kong on the way back without costing any extra in airfare. 
Cathay Pacific is a great airline with video on demand and more comfortable
than usual seats.
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