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Dive Review of Jolly Roger Dive Boat in
Thailand/Phuket

Jolly Roger Dive Boat, Apr, 2012,

by Karl Gustinger, LA, US ( 1 report). Report 6541.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Indonesia, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Philippines, Florida Keys, Honduras, Bahamas, Curacao, Jamaica, Barbados
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No! Certification cards were not checked, NITROX offered but no analyzer available to check O2 concentration. Dangerous operation!!!!!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No Charging station available, poor facilities for photographers.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Do not dive with this company!!!!!!!! We scheduled this dive through Eden Dive in Patong, Phuket, Thailand. Their boat was very crowded, the people on the boat were very rude, two of our divers had equipment stolen, no certifications were ever checked, NITROX was offered but no analyzer was available and the food was the worst that we had in Thailand.
The dive deck on the Jolly Roger was small and cramped. Divers were packed with no room for preparation.
The food tasted like it had been prepared the night before if not earlier in the day before. I doubt that my dog would have eaten it.
The other divers on the boat were very rude, had poor hygiene and stole equipment from divers in our party. This boat caters to Russian divers. They were probably the rudest divers I have ever been on a boat with in my life. One of our divers had their mask stolen and another had wetsuit boots stolen on this dive.
The worst things about the boat was the safety issues. I have been a diver for almost 30 years. I have been an instructor for about 5 years. The safety standards which were ignored are unacceptable. No certification cards were ever checked. They blended their own NITROX on the boat but they did not have an analyzer on the boat to verify the concentration of oxygen in your tank. When I complained they took the one off of the blender so we could do a half-assed check of the concentration. No tank log was available for the NITROX tanks.

After this one day of diving we switched our dives to dive with Sea Bees Divers. Oh my god, what a different dive operation. Dive deck was much bigger and they considered the boat sold out with half the divers of the Jolly Roger. The food on the Sea Bees boat was cooked fresh on the boat and it was great food. The workers on the boat were very attentive to everyones needs on the boat.
Anyone who dives on Phuket....... DIVE WITH SEA BEES DIVERS!!!!!!!
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