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Dive Review of Mermaid 2 in
Thailand/Similan and Surin Islands

Mermaid 2, Mar, 2006,

by Jonathan Scolnick, ca, USA . Report 2361.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving All over Caribean, Hawaii, Bora Bora
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 81 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes for most dives, though I don't know that it was strongly enforced. Divers went down in groups but were welcome to separate under water.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There was a camera only rinse tank, but no camera table near the dive deck. There was plenty of space for working on cameras once they were dry in the lounge. The crew were extremely helpful with photography tips from taking care of the camera and housing to taking and editing pics.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Mermaid 2 was nice and rather inexpensive. It was my first livaboard so I have nothing to compare to, but I would take the same boat again. I took the four day trip to the Similan and Surin Islands; they also offer a three day trip to the south of Phuket which can be done together as a one week cruise. On the four day trip, we did four dives a day for the first three days and then two on the last day before motoring home. Good briefings were given before every dive. Some of the sites had a mild to moderate current, but you just had to surface with your marker when you ran out of air and the dingy would pick you up. Beginers and experienced divers all had a good time. The similan and surin islands were amazing. Soft coral everywhere and more fish than I could count in a lifetime. The third day of the trip was my best day diving ever. First dive, 30 minutes with a whale shark. Dive two, manta ray. Dive three had an octpus and many turtles. I spent much of the fourth dive watching blind shrimp cleaning house for a gobi. No matter what you like to see, you will find it here (though to be truthful, many of the divemasters had never seen a whale shark, and Andrea, the leader of the trip, had not seen one in six years). However, even if we hadn't seen any of the large pelagics, the reefs, fish and macro life were so fantastic I will hopefully return again soon.
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