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Dive Review of Viking Cruises in
Thailand/Similian Islands - Patong

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Randy Howarth, CA, USA
Report Number 1155
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
California, Hawaii, Florida,  Mexico, Cayman, Puerto Rico, Belize, Virgin
Islands, Indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Great Dive Briefings and Profiles were provided and a dive master was
assigned to up to 10 divers.  600 PSI   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Separate dunk tanks, cleaning tables and storage area
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
The "Viking of the Orient" is a new beautiful custom boat
designed and built by Scandinavian owner/operator, Einar Meling, a fun
loving and enthusiastic personality who loves his boat and his clients. 
The "Viking of the Orient" has a large and well designed dive
deck which your gear is maintained at your station throughout your trip. 
Cameras are stored apart on special camera shelves.  Hot Showers are
available on the deck.  It is a short hop to the 10 double staterooms with
your own bathroom and windows and doors to the outside.  The air
conditioning on this boat was fantastic - never an issue.  On the next deck
up are the Wheelhouse (with a padded platform in front for Thai massages)
and the main saloon and outdoor area for lounging.  Did I mention that the
interior of this boat is beautiful crafted wood - it is amazing.  34"
TV, DVD, CD VCR and White Board for the fun dive briefings complete the
main saloon.  On the huge upper deck are mattresses for sun tanning or
lying out under the stars.
The Scandinavian and Thai crew is incredibly fun and helpful and make for a
fantastic diving trip experience.  Oh yes the diving - fantastic - start
off with a light breakfast while getting a dive briefing then into the
water.  When you come out back on board to a buffet of eggs, omelets,
bacon, fruit etc.  Then off to another dive and then a great lunch then go
ashore to the most beautiful white sand beaches in the world and perhaps a
hike to a look-out point.  Back in the water at a new site. A Great dinner
then a night dive.  During our five day trip we dove the great dive sites
at the Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai and Richelieu Rock.  So many
Lion Fish you stop looking for them, leopard and black tip sharks,
trevally, garden eels, moray eels, rays, frog fish, sea horses, cuttlefish
and all the thousands of small tropical fish fill the water and coral. 
Great coral and sponges.  Not quite as spectacular as Komondo but still
incredible diving.  The one drawback to this trip is that there is an
abundance of liveaboards constantly diving these sites so you often see
other divers in the water or anchored nearby at night.  We did not see a
whale shark or a manta but still it was a fantastic trip and 5-6 day trips
are easier to fit into our schedule and reasonably priced.
Viking Cruises (66)
76 294227

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