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Dive Review of Khao Lak Scuba Adventures in
Thailand/Andaman Sea

Khao Lak Scuba Adventures: "subpar diving on inferior live aboard", Dec, 2015,

by David A Lawlor, NY, US ( 2 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 9383 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Virgin Islands, Cebu, Philippines, Hawaii, Thailand, Aruba, Bonaire, Cozumel, Florida Keys, East Timor
Closest Airport Phuket, Thailand Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth and bottom-time were set prior to the dive by the dive leader and varied depending on if it was first or last dive of the day.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 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 One large bucket was provided. No special accommodation was made for photographers for recharge stations and bench-top space. Not many photographers in the group. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments My son and I dove aboard the Manta Queen II with Khao Lak Scuba adventures in December of 2015. Although it was good to be diving, the trip by Khao Lak Scuba Adventures was far from satisfactory. The first complaint was that is was a three-day trip in the Andaman Sea to four different sites. The first dive site was Koh Bon, a small-rock outcropping that had been decimated of hard corals. I couldn't believe the damage to the coral beds; it had to have been a result of a tsunami or dynamite fishing. The ocean floor was literally covered with dead, broken pieces of coral. A dive instructor aboard boat attributed it to bleaching but it was far more traumatic than a bleaching incident. This could have been overlooked; however, we had four of our eleven dives on Koh Bon, on different sides of the rock outcrop. If Khao Lak Scuba Adventu ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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