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Dive Review of Wicked Diving in
Thailand/ Similan & Surin Islands

Wicked Diving: "Not luxurious, but good value and well run", Dec, 2017,

by Hugh E Aaron, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 10099 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments We dove with Wicked Diving on the Mariner for six days in early December 2017. This was a last minute booking for us. We had been planning to spend two weeks in Bali. However, three days before our planned departure, the volcano in Bali erupted, closing the airport. We had to scramble. The best last minute option we could find was Wickedís six day liveaboard. We left Palm Beach early on a Wednesday morning and flew directly to Phuket via New York, Frankfort and Singapore. We landed in Phuket on Friday morning. By Friday evening we were on the dive boat heading across the Andaman Sea even though the last time we has seen a bed was Wednesday morning. We would not ever plan anything quite so tight but we had a dive trip planned and we were going diving no matter what the volcano gods had to say about it.

The booking process was a bit of a hassle. Wicked claims that they take credit cards online, however, despite many attempts, their system was never able to process my credit card for the deposit. They eventually gave up and I promised to show up at their shop with my credit card in hand, ready to make full payment. When I arrived at the shop, I was informed that the shop no longer takes credit cards. It seems like the guy who handled my booking might have mentioned that. That left me figuring out how to get 64,000 baht (about $2,000 USD) out of ATM machines. I eventually managed to withdraw enough money using a combination of different ATM machines and different US bank accounts. I prepare for those sorts of contingencies by have multiple ATM cards and different banks and providing all them with a foreign travel notification. However, if someone was not prepared that would have been stressful. On the other hand, we spent some additional time in Thailand after the Wicked trip and I learned that by and large it is a cash economy. Wicked should probably advise their customers to be prepared to make cash payment upon arrival.

Wicked has a good reputation and we understand why. The staff is friendly and competent. And the dive operation is very focused on safety, perhaps even obsessive about it. That said, it is a budget operation. Our total cost, including park fees, for a 6 days live aboard trip was less than $1,000/person. We are both closing in on 60 and would have been happier paying more for a few more creature comfo ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving USVI, BVI, California, Hawaii, Cozumel, Caymans, Roatan, Belize, Saba, St, Barths, St Kitts, Nevis, Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Bahamas, Bonaire
Closest Airport Phuket Getting There Vero easy compared to most SE Asia destinations. Fly into Phuket and take a taxi (about $35US) to the shop in Khao Lak. Wicked transfers everyone from the shop to the boat at no extra charge. I think they will also provide no charge hotel pickups. The boat is docked a short ride from the shop.

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 83-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-70 Ft/ 6-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Way too rigid for my taste. Guide manages process for getting in and out of water. Guide determines profile. Stay with guide at all times.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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