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Dive Review of South Siam 4, Mermaid Liveaboards/South Siam 4 and Mermaid II in

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Morris, Pa, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4815
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, California, Pacific Coast of Central America,Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
86   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Only staying with dive instructor.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Small work table for cameras, rinse tank for cameras.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Actually did two liveaboards. The first was booked in Phuket with Sunrise
Diving (an agent/shop). This was the South Siam 4 boat. Very nice rooms
with common bathrooms. This required some planning to use as there were
about 20 divers on board. This boat operates in the Similan Islands and can
be accessed by speedboat from shore on certain days of itinerary. Did 3
days diving (4 dives/day)and 2 nights on board. Very good buffet meals 3
Second boat was Mermaid II and this is more upscale. Maximum divers is 18.
We had only 12 (due to civil strife in Bangkok). There are 8 luxury cabins
with 2 bunks each as well as private bathroom and AC. I had a cabin to
myself due to low number of divers.This cruise was 3 nights and 2 days
diving.Got aboard at 6PM for overnight trip to islands about 70 mi. south
of Phuket.Great food (buffet), water, soda,beer available 24/7.Great staff,
very good briefings.
Diving on both boats was great with very colorful reefs and huge numbers of
fish. Saw many Zebra Sharks, 1 Guitar Shark, many Morays of several
species, several species of barracuda, and at least 12 species of
butterflyfish.These south islands have beautiful beaches and protected
coves and geat scenery for photography !
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