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Dive Review of Warm Water Divers/Felix Karon Hotel in
Thailand/Phuket/Similans

Warm Water Divers/Felix Karon Hotel, Jan, 2003,

by Carl Scott, TX, USA (Contributor Contributor 16 reports). Report 354.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Palau, Costa Rica, Caymans, USVI, Belize, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They request you stay with group or a buddy. Dive time limited to ensure ample surface interval for subsequent dives, but typically reached no-deco limit within that time, anyway.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large rinse buckets were provided, along with ample room on all boats for safe storage between dives, though no dedicated table/area for cameras. Overall rating is boosted by subject matter, as evidenced by my results (groups.msn.com/scottdiving). Would have been a 5 with more macro stuff. Low diver-to-guide ratios made it easy to take your time with great photo ops.

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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments First of all, Warm Water Divers owns no boats. They are an agent that contracts with several reputable dive operators in the area. Nonetheless, they are very reliable, offer extensive destination options each day, and take their fee from the operator instead of the client.

Dived with Siam Adventure Tours in the Similans (they get the award for the best boats and service, incuding on-board marine biologist), Santana Divers (good operation, but most staff a bit stuffy), and Euro Divers (not the nicest boat, but great and fun staff who know how to find the critters for their clients). When one operator had a problem, Warm Water immediately contacted me to make arrangments for an alternate the next day and cheerfully refunded the price difference. All operators had no more than 4 divers per DM, and I had my own private guide on more than one occasion.

The Similans offered the most consistently good diving, with impressive, healthy reefs of various hard and soft corals so thick you couldn't see rock in many areas. Vis always good. Phi Phi islands were also great, with excellent diversity. King Cruiser wreck was a bit disappointing, with 30' (or worse) vis, but some interesting creatures. Anemone Reef and Shark Point are must-do's, because of the healthy reefs and abundant life.

Thailand's Andaman Sea is a great value on some world class diving. It should be on everyone's wish list. Food is CHEAP, hotels are many and can be quite reasonably priced. Service is overall some of the best you'll find anywhere.
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