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Dive Review of Universal Divers/Tunabay in
Malaysia/Perhentian Islands

Universal Divers/Tunabay, Jun, 2013,

by Andrew Colin Thompson, Singapore, SG (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7345.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Honestly, no regrets! I did my "homework" with Tripadvisor. It is the best source to gauge what to expect. In Dec 2013 I am going diving in Phuket with Scubacat. I chose Scubacat too based on the reviews on Tripadvisor.
Websites Universal Divers   Tunabay

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Celebes Sea- Resort, Pom Pom island.
Redang Island.
Ko lanta, krabi, Thailand. with Dive and Relax.
Dive sites, Shark point, Phi Phi island, Anemone Reef, Hin Daeng and Muang.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 25-30°F / -4--1°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 15-25 M / 49-82 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth 30m. All dive sites must be accompanied by a dive guide from the dive centre except for shore dives.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments I am not a UWP professional. I own only a Canon G15 for my UWP.
However, if one needs to set-up their camera equipment, dive centres at Pom Pom and Universal divers have large open spaces for UWP to set up their equipment, and the distance from these dive centres to the boat is about 30-50m. As for diving in Thailand, you need to set up your equipments at your hotels.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Charlie Wrightin OH, US at Dec 08, 2013 14:14 EST  
Understand that there are services available at a price that optimize a review on Tripadvisor which distorts the actual ranking. We discovered this issue when we noticed the Turtle Inn was ranked 5th in Placencia, Belize. It is not the cheapest but if you have ever been to Palacencia it is certainly better than 5th by any measure. Upon investigation we found out about the Tripadvisor optimization services that are available to resorts to up their rating. Tripadvisor did not seem to have an answer on how to fix the issue. I am sticking with Undercurrents for my decisions although I post to Tripadvisor also. Thought you might want to know. We dove Sea Bees out of Phuket on a day dive and on the liveaboard Diva Andaman for a week at the Similan Islands last March and both did a great job. Then we were off to Borneo Divers in Mabul to dive Sipadan which I finally posted a review of the trip.
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