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Dive Review of Sea Bees/Genesis Liveaboard in
Thailand/Similan and Richelieu

Sea Bees/Genesis Liveaboard, Dec, 2009,

by Karen Guthrie, CA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 5336.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Thailand, Palau, Tahiti (Bora Bora and Rangiroa), GBR, Cozumel and Playa del Carmen, Grand and Little Cayman, Belize, Bahamas, Cay Sal Bank, Big Island and Maui Hawaii, Catalina California, Isla Guadalupe and La Paz Mexico.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Charging station was large and each bunk had a plug. Rinse tank was large and fresh. No real place to put your camera between dives except under or on your bed or on the floor in front of the charging station. There were SO many great things to take pictures of that it made up for the difficulties.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We signed up for two back to back 3 day cruises on the Genesis. The value is incredible it was just 890 euros per person double occupancy for 6 days of spectacular diving with free nitrox. The boat is clean, efficient and organized. The diving involved more marine life than we have ever seen and we have dived Palau and Fiji. The food was fantastic with 5 meals per day. Cereal breakfast, full breakfast with eggs and cheese and bread and fruit (which is edible because they are careful about the water), lunch and dinner are about 4 Thai entrees not all spicy and a snack before the last dive. Our daugher has severe allergies to Tomatoes and Barley and they took care of her by leaving all tomatoes off the boat while taking care of 5 vegetarians at the same time. There are 3 dives on the first and last day and 4 on the middle day making this six days contain 20 possible dives. The Similan Islands are simpler diving and some of the others on the boat were new divers. The 12 divers are divided into groups of 3 to 5 and a dive master is assigned to each group. This helps because dive briefings may be in English and German and other languages but were always complete with drawings of the divesite. The best diving was on Richelieu Rock. We saw multiple Cuttle fish in the same daytime dive, schools of fish that were measured in thousands, ghost pipefish, gorgeous soft corals and great vizability in water so warm there was no need for a wetsuit. On other dives we saw some of the above and a Zebra Shark, blue spotted rays, frog fish, and many baby fish including some juvenile sargent majors the size of bumble bees, and a tiny pissed off trigger fish. We also saw Mantis, Cleaner, Banded and other shrimp, Lobsters big enough to be scary, tons of Clown and Anemone fish, clown trigger fish and so many Lion fish that they got boring (still a little fun to photograph). We also saw Scorpion and Stone fish, loads of eels including Honeycomb Moreys and free swimming eels on the wreck. We also spotted nudibranches, a hermit crab, giant sea fans, box fish and huge puffer fish. They even celebrated new years with Champagne and aerial fireworks. The Thai massage in Khao Lak are about 10 dollars for an hour and leave you floating on air. We were able to arrange a day in Hong Kong on the way back without costing any extra in airfare. Cathay Pacific is a great airline with video on demand and more comfortable than usual seats.
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