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Dive Review of MV Catch Up in
Thailand/Simalan Islands

MV Catch Up, Apr, 2002,

by Kinson Tong, NT, Hong Kong . Report 48.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Sipadan Island, Palau, Yap, Great Barrier Reef
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 2 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Took a three hours ride from Dive Shop to port. Got assigned a room next to the kitchen therefore got several roaches on the bed on several nights. Engine is right below our cabin, fortunately, we got some ear-plugs from Boots. Air-con went-off in the middle of one night, came back up later.

Food was okay.

Dive was beyond expectation. 2 3 mantas at the last diving day. One of the mantas has a rope across its face, very sad. A whale shark about 18 feet. Got chased away by another group of divers. One of them even try to touch the beauty with his bare hands, wanted to kill him right away.

Dive guides were okay. Not particularly attentive to divers. Did exactly what a dive guide does take divers out there and bring them back. And thats all.

Saw around a shool of dolpins when boat was returning to port.

Would definitely return to Simalaan Islands, but not the same boat.
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