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

South Siam 4, Mermaid Liveaboards/South Siam 4 and Mermaid II, Apr, 2009,

by Robert Morris, Pa, USA ( 1 report). Report 4815.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 86 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Only staying with dive instructor.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small work table for cameras, rinse tank for cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 times/day.
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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