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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in

Ocean Rover, Jan, 2006,

by Don & Michelle Major, NJ, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 2367.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Probably the best run dive boat we've been on (over 25 live-aboards). The crew is absolutely magnificient: very friendly, very helpful, very competent. The best.
The diving that we did around Thailand (except for Richelieu Rock) was quite mediocre. It was much better diving when were in Myanmar waters (Mergui Archipelago). There were lots of critters: harlequin shrimp, ghost pipefish, morays, snake eels, mmantis shrimp, decorator crabs, seran shrimp, stone fish, lots of scorpion fish (multiple species). As for bigger fish: some leopard sharks, nurse sharks, and 4 or 5 mantas.
The food was quite good, although we were told to be careful with the Thai green spicy sauce (yikes!). After about a week, the food became repetitive.
Hans, the head divemaster, while friendly, was preoccupied with doing his own photography, rather than leading or showing us the critters.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving KBR & Komodo Indonesia, Truk, Palau, Cocos, St. Vincent, Sipadan,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 120 depth max, follow computer, no alcohol before dive; treated like adults
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No E-6 processing (so much for film cameras), good to great for digital still and video. They had lots of work areas and sufficient outlets for charging cameras and such in the main salon. It might be tight if all 16 (maximum) divers were photo/video heads. Large flat screen monitor for viewing pictures from cameras (direct) or from lap tops
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