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Dive Review of MV Rhapsody in

MV Rhapsody, Jan, 2004,

by John Crossley, CA, USA (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 27 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 1358.

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

Accommodations 4 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 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [NMV Rhapsody Livaboard, Phuket, Thailand
January, 2004
John Crossley

The MV Rhapsody is a medium size wooden V hull livaboard that primarily does four and five day trips out to the Similan Islands from Phuket. Itís a pretty good ship but not quite as nice as one of the better ships of the Aggressor fleet. There are only four air-conditioned ensuite cabins for eight divers, and there is pretty good space though not many shelves. It lacks a decent camera table so you have to do your camera work in the spacious salon. The dive deck is small, so we suited up four divers and a guide in each of two groups. A definite highlight is the food, which is cooked to order from your choice on a huge menu. Its excellent food too, with plenty of western and Thai choices. Overall the ship is very clean but it does rock a bit in even normal seas.

Rhapsodyís dive operation is very well organized and safety oriented. Its dive guides are decent but not great at finding critters. Visibility was typically in the 60 to 90 foot range, with a high of 100 plus and a low of about 40. Dive sites were the typical popular locations, with nice corals, lots of colorful fish, some nice formations to swim though and interesting macro critters. However we did not find the Harlequin Shrimps found on previous trips. On the other hand, we had several up=close encounters with Leopard Sharks, and a dive at Koh Bon Ridge in beautiful water on a sunny day with three huge mantas that circled around us for 30 minutes. Overall this ship is a good value because itís better than most, but not quite at the reputed level and price of the top rated Ocean Rover.


Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Sipadan, Galapagos, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, Truk, Palau, Yap, Florida, Cayman Islands & more
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 80-0°F / 27--18°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60-90 Ft/ 18-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limits
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small Camera table, adequate rinse & charging stations
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