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Dive Review of MV Nautica in
Thailand/Similan Islands

MV Nautica, Jan, 2012,

by Ian Chisholm, AB, CA ( 1 report). Report 6446.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Vancover Island Canada, Florida, Turkey, Honduras
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 85 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 130 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the dive guide
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 Camera tank on dive deck. The boat boys were great with handling camera's. No editing or downloading location. A cupboard with a power bar to charge batteries was the only facility

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The crew and divemasters were wonderful, helpful and friendly. It is a comfortable boat with tasty plentiful food. They accomadate a maximum of 12 divers so there is no feeling of being on a cattle boat!
The Similan Islands can have strong currents. My wife is a beginner diver and some of the dives were beyond her abilities. There was another beginner diver on the boat that missed some dives due to the strong currents.
The Similan Islands are serviced my a multitude of dive boats. So although you are often beyond the reach of the day trip divers, sometime the dive sites can still get a bit crowded.
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