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Dive Review of Warm Water Divers/Felix Karon Hotel in

January, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Carl Scott, TX, USA
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Report Number 354
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Costa Rica, Caymans, USVI, Belize, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
They request you stay with group or a buddy.  Dive time limited to ensure
ample surface interval for subsequent dives, but typically reached no-deco
limit within that time, anyway.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large rinse buckets were provided, along with ample room on all boats for
safe storage between dives, though no dedicated table/area for cameras. 
Overall rating is boosted by subject matter, as evidenced by my results
(  Would have been a 5 with more macro stuff. 
Low diver-to-guide ratios made it easy to take your time with great photo
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
First of all, Warm Water Divers owns no boats.  They are an agent that
contracts with several reputable dive operators in the area.  Nonetheless,
they are very reliable, offer extensive destination options each day, and
take their fee from the operator instead of the client.  

Dived with Siam Adventure Tours in the Similans (they get the award for the
best boats and service, incuding on-board marine biologist), Santana Divers
(good operation, but most staff a bit stuffy), and Euro Divers (not the
nicest boat, but great and fun staff who know how to find the critters for
their clients).  When one operator had a problem, Warm Water immediately
contacted me to make arrangments for an alternate the next day and
cheerfully refunded the price difference.  All operators had no more than 4
divers per DM, and I had my own private guide on more than one occasion.

The Similans offered the most consistently good diving, with impressive,
healthy reefs of various hard and soft corals so thick you couldn't see
rock in many areas.  Vis always good.  Phi Phi islands were also great,
with excellent diversity.  King Cruiser wreck was a bit disappointing, with
30' (or worse) vis, but some interesting creatures.  Anemone Reef and Shark
Point are must-do's, because of the healthy reefs and abundant life.

Thailand's Andaman Sea is a great value on some world class diving.  It
should be on everyone's wish list.  Food is CHEAP, hotels are many and can
be quite reasonably priced.  Service is overall some of the best you'll
find anywhere.
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