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Dive Review of SY Diva Andaman in

SY Diva Andaman: "Diving in Andaman Sea - Ray of Hope Expedition", Mar, 2019,

by Valera Sakhnenko, ON, CA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 5 Helpful votes). Report 10914.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments This was a Ray of Hope Expedition (March 4 to 12, 2019), led by Dr. Andrea Marshal, Queen of Mantas, and he husband Janneman Conradie.

Please refer to a short about this trip:

Our group gathering point was Khao Lak, with a nearest airport being at Phuket some 1.5 hr away from Khao Lak. To take a break from a Canadian winter, we decided to come four days earlier and enjoy warm weather and sea.


From Toronto to Phuket we flew via Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific/Cathay Dragon. It is 15 h 40 m flight from Toronto to Hong Kong, with layover 2 h 35 m , and then another 3 h 30m flight to Phuket. Cathay Pacific Airline is one of our favorite airlines, and we like Hong Kong Airport. The was no any issues or delays, so we made it Phuket in less than 24 hrs.

Transportation to and from Khao Lak

Being misled about high cost of taxis to Khao Lak, I initially booked transportation from Phuket to Khao Lak with I Asia Thailand via Expedia. However, there was a discrepancy between posted rates and the actual rates, which were much higher than rates for a taxi b ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, North Sulawesi, Raja Ampat, Hawaii
Closest Airport Phuket Getting There via Hong Kong

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 26-27°C / 79-81°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 10-15 M / 33-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 30 meters, 60 min
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There is no a designated area/facility for cameras on the boat. People were using dining table and their cabins to deal with their ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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