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Dive Review of The Junk in
Thailand/Adaman Sea

The Junk, Dec, 2008,

by John Woolley, WA, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 4611.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Australia, Bahamas, Belize, Puget Sound
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We did stay, somewhat, together as a group. However, the pace was sedate, so lets say a "partial" to "dive your own profile?"
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Six nights on a converted Chinese junk, diving in the Andaman Sea, with a Thai chef is about as close to Nirvana as you can get. Richelieu Rock is a must see for divers, one of those places you've heard about that absolutely lives up to its hype. And while whale sharks are cool, the majesty of a manta with a 12-foot wingspan as it glides over your head is a memory for a lifetime.

But lets get back to the accommodations. The Junk is a live aboard that sails from Phuket. Built in the 1960s, it has been beautifully restored and converted to a scuba live aboard. With room for 18 divers, we had 12 on our trip. Small breakfast is followed by a dive, which is followed by a big breakfast, which is followed by a dive, which is followed by lunch, which is followed by a dive, which is followed by a snack, which is followed by a night dive, which is followed by dinner. And those meals! While each meal included a number of western foods, its the 10 dish Thai smorgasbord that made the dives feel almost like afterthoughts--enough of the mantas, lets get back onboard and eat! Trading beer for fresh fish with local fisherman insured freshness.

Because raising the sails on a junk is a bit difficult, we sailed on just one day. But gee, on that sailing day, its margaritas on-the-house. So I suppose that the one thing that can surpass diving with the incredible amount of fish life in the Andaman Sea, eating Thai food on a Chinese junk, is washing that food down with margaritas. Yes, Id recommend this to anyone wishing to have a memorable five days of diving.
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