Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Scuba Cat in

Scuba Cat, Apr, 2004,

by K C DenDooven, NV, USA . Report 1195.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Live-aboard's boat was the Scuba Adventure. The site is world class. I plan to go back in 2005. I made a 10-day trip from two 4 dayers -- with a transferto their Scuba Cat which operates mainly for shorter trips, in the Similin Island Group. Then back to the Scuba Adventure for another 4 days. This way I went to Richeleau Rock twice. Seven sightings of Giant Mantas - up close and personal!. Leopard Sharks. Currents were strong on some dives. Begineers migh have problems. P J (Widestrand) the Dive Master watched out for everybody in this situation. On one dive he told several to just hang out on the bow line: they saw 3 Giant Mantas -- the rest of us -- saw 2!
Overall a great trip. Most divers used 3mm suits. I used a tee shirt. water temp at 130 ft. was 81 F!!! Nitrox available on Scuba Adv.
Point of Live-aboards: I was on for two trips. First 4 days, very congenial group from all over. 2nd 4-dayer - a very quiet group almost no friendly conversations.
Note: My experiences was very similar to one you published recently on another live-aboard out of Phuket.
The outfit I went with has a web site:

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Coral Sea, Solomons, Dominica, Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 87-90°F / 31-32°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75-150 Ft/ 23-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None; Ocean floor was at 130 ft.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I did not do any UWP -- but those who did the conditions were excellent. The Dive Master, P J Widestrand, was an excellent video photog, and made DVDs after the trip -- for sale. No real need to take photos! I just enjoyed the marine life. No film processing lab on boat(s)
Was this report helpful to you?
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
Subscribers can comment here

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 101 dive reviews of Thailand and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.


Want to assemble your own collection of Thailand reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home

Get more dive info like these and other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email.
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get a free
monthly email and
a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account | Login | Join |
| Travel Index | Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues |
| Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2022 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

Page computed and displayed in 0.09 seconds