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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Thailand/Similan Islands & Burma

Ocean Rover, Feb, 2005,

by Mark & Diana Woodward, WA, USA . Report 1581.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving British Columbia, Washington State, California, Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, Cozumel, Cabo San Lucas, Bonaire, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 78 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Night diving limited to 1 hr
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Spacious camera and charging facilities both on dive deck and indoors. Plenty of 110 and 220 v charging stations. Crew was verh helpful and careful with camera gear handling before entry and two step rinse after.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We booked this trip after the December 26 Tsunami. Divers considering a trip should not hesitate to visit or travel through Phuket,Thailand. Most of the island was unaffected and in 34 dives from the liveaboard operation I saw no evidence of tsunami damage to reefs. The Ocean Rover is the best of the 8 liveaboards I have experienced. Spotless boat,top notch service (12 crew for max of 16 guests), a spacious cabins and ensuite head/shower and effective in-cabin controlled air conditioning. Food was a so-so offering of western food and a rather bland and monotonous form of Thai food. Diving was great - many mantas, some leopard sharks, silvertip sharks, stingrays, potato cod, lots of cuttlefish, lionfish everywhere, seahorses, ghost pipefish, seahorses, harlequin shrimp, etc. etc. Most diving was from dinghy in some current. Excellent dinghy ladder system made re-boarding the dinghy easy - best design I've seen. Ocean Rover and her crew are the best.
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