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Dive Review of Dive the World in
Thailand/Phuket

Dive the World, Jan, 2008,

by Christopher Leahy, NJ, USA . Report 3898.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving US & British Virgin Islands, Guadalupe, Bahamas, Bonaire, Lake Taho, NY & NJ Wrecks, Florida, NC
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 40 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We had to follow guide on all dives, but bottom time was not shortened by fast air users - they were sent to surface sooner.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

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 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments They had a rinse tank, that's about it. I forgot a Nikonos V setup with a strobe and it was locked away on the boat waiting for me the next day even though I was not scheduled to dive with that operator again. Very honest crew.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Dive the World is a broker/agent - in my case they listend to what my expectations were and paired me up with local operators that would meet these expectations. Each of the three operators I dove with was equally professional and friendly operating the appropriate vessel for the the diving we were doing. Breakfast & lunch were served on each day trip. We were picked up and dropped off at our hotel in newer clean air conditioned vans. All boats had hot water showers.

Overall it was a good trip, although I would not make a trip to Thailand for the diving alone. I may have been disappointed because recent bad weather left visibility supposedly poor. I saw lots of lion fish and different fish species then we see in the Atlantic. I used a wet suit on the first and second day but by the 3rd day I was happy without one and dove the next 2 days without.
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