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Dive Review of MV Faah Yai in
Myanmar/Burma/Merguai Archipelago

MV Faah Yai, Apr, 2002,

by Jay Treat, OK, US . Report 129.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I left for this trip pretty well informed so there were few surprises. I chose to fly into Phuket and take a van to the departing point of Ranong, Thailand. This trip is included in the charter price but I would likely fly directly into Ranong next time. The departing dock and the entry point into Burma are sort of depressingly run down but when you awake the morning after departure, you'll be in a mostly untouched paradise among seemingly endless uninhabited islands.

The MV Faah Yai is a functional boat with good Thai food and A/C in the rooms that, at times, only barely works (mine was apparently the only room with this problem). With only 10 passengers, it's not crowded and the dive operation is efficient. It's not a luxury boat ala Aggressor, but if I booked another Burma liveaboard, I'd likely choose this one.

I'll let others rate the diving as this was my first trip to Indo-Pacific waters. I'll just say that it impressed me enough to immediately start thinking about a second trip.

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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Thailand (same trip, different location), N. California, Gulf of Mexico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 78-83°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 5-60 Ft/ 2-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No limits other than being back on the boat by an agreed time.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Wonderful small fish and critter life. There were large schools but often hindered by poor visibility. The only complaint is the very small camera table. I did most of my setup in the Galley.
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