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In desperate and immediate need of Phuket recommendations

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by Pillpusher, Feb 12, 2020.

  1. Pillpusher

    Pillpusher Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Katy, Texas
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    Any thoughts on the Octavia?
     
  2. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Kata, Phuket, Thailand
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    Let's just say I totally disagree with your assessment of the boats.
     
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  3. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Kata, Phuket, Thailand
    2,394
    301
    83
    Basic, but good crew. Excellent value, and 5 days trips are really nice, or if you're limited in time their 3 days/2 nights to Northern destinations.

    Also happy to help you with this :)
     
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  4. Pillpusher

    Pillpusher Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Katy, Texas
    674
    182
    43
    Lol. While there was certainly a little bit of odd ratings criteria mixed in there, but I appreciated the feedback nonetheless...lol. Trying to plan a 2 1/2 week trip in a day with shotty internet was a daunting task, so any intel was useful intel.

    I had to make a decision so I could get my land accommodations on the books, so I went ahead and booked a 5/6 on Octavia yesterday. I liked the itinerary and most of the reviews I was able to find were positive. I also liked that their single supplement was 30% rather than 100%, as I tend to prefer having my own space if it’s more than just a few days.
     
  5. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Kata, Phuket, Thailand
    2,394
    301
    83
    I think 5/6 is a bit deceiving, with really 5 diving days and 1 departure day. I'm sure you'll enjoy that trip.. Leaving on the 15th or 21st?
     
  6. Pillpusher

    Pillpusher Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Katy, Texas
    674
    182
    43
    Yeah, I noticed a lot of variety in how the different boats listed them. As long as it was 5 diving days, I was good with it. And I like the idea of motoring out at night and hitting the water first thing in the morning. I’m on the 21st trip.
     
  7. vovanx

    vovanx Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: pl. Earth
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    what are your favourites and un-favourites and why?
     
  8. Pillpusher

    Pillpusher Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Katy, Texas
    674
    182
    43
    Favorites-Long walks along the beach and candlelit dinners

    dislikes-The word “moist”
     
  9. stevenl

    stevenl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Kata, Phuket, Thailand
    2,394
    301
    83
    I would love to answer but can not, partly due to Thailand's defamation laws.

    I can say though that you're ranking boats high on your list, even though some of these have been putting of their compulsory yearly shipyard visit and inspection in exchange for paying a fine. But I can not name names here.
     
  10. lowwall

    lowwall Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
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    This is one of the reasons I recommend talking to Steven or someone like him if you are going to be diving in the area. Unlike, for example, Cozumel or Bonaire, you can't really do sufficient research on the internet because the Phuket boats are mostly owned by rich (i.e. powerful) Thais and the people who really know what's going on have too much to lose to post publicly.

    It's a win/win because you get accurate information and the booking dive shop gets a commission that the boat operators otherwise just keeps. It's like the old days of travel agents, you might as well get the advice and convenience since you'll pay the same either way.

    There are a few boats that can't be booked by the shops, but Steven at least will still give the info on those boats so you can book them yourself if it's your best option.
     
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