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Dive Review of The Junk in
Thailand/Adaman Sea

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by John Woolley, WA, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 4611
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Puget Sound
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We did stay, somewhat, together as a group.  However, the pace was sedate,
so lets say a "partial" to "dive your own profile?"  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Six nights on a converted Chinese junk, diving in the Andaman Sea, with a
Thai chef is about as close to Nirvana as you can get.  Richelieu Rock is a
must see for divers, one of those places you've heard about that absolutely
lives up to its hype.  And while whale sharks are cool, the majesty of a
manta with a 12-foot wingspan as it glides over your head is a memory for a

But lets get back to the accommodations.  The Junk is a live aboard that
sails from Phuket.  Built in the 1960s, it has been beautifully restored
and converted to a scuba live aboard.  With room for 18 divers, we had 12
on our trip.  Small breakfast is followed by a dive, which is followed by a
big breakfast, which is followed by a dive, which is followed by lunch,
which is followed by a dive, which is followed by a snack, which is
followed by a night dive, which is followed by dinner.  And those meals! 
While each meal included a number of western foods, its the 10 dish Thai
smorgasbord that made the dives feel almost like afterthoughts--enough of
the mantas, lets get back onboard and eat!  Trading beer for fresh fish
with local fisherman insured freshness.

Because raising the sails on a junk is a bit difficult, we sailed on just
one day.  But gee, on that sailing day, its margaritas on-the-house.  So I
suppose that the one thing that can surpass diving with the incredible
amount of fish life in the Andaman Sea, eating Thai food on a Chinese junk,
is washing that food down with margaritas.  Yes, Id recommend this to
anyone wishing to have a memorable five days of diving.
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