Ocean Rover February 2002
Thailand is a magnificent vacation spot
known for beautiful palaces, exceptional shopping and creature comforts. Well the shopping and creature comforts are
not really my thing, but the diving was supposed to be good too. I always detected a bit of disappointment in
the description of peoples dive adventures.
Now I know why – everyone was expecting whale sharks. While they do appear from time to time, they
are not a sure thing by any measure.
a long time ago that going on a dive trip with one critter as your goal only
leads to disappointment. Well, I did not
see any whale sharks, but I did have a great dive trip. Firstly dive guide and photographer Mark
Strickland can make any trip special.
Secondly I did see great density and diversity of undersea life, my
measure of how good the diving is. And
lastly we did see some rare and unusual critters. I got some great Video shots of ornate ghost pipe fish,
a pregnant sea horse, a barracuda being cleaned, schools of bat fish….. I think
you will enjoy.
information on Mark Strickland click
Rover is a very comfortable dive boat and had a great crew, but has been sold
and has moved to Indonesia. Food was good and plentiful. I opted for a 10 day itinerary (If I am going
to fly half way around the world, 7 dive days in not enough) which featured the
Richelieu Rock, Mergui Archipelago, Black Rock and burma
Banks. There are a lot more options
spent 3 days in Bangkok, before flying to Phuket. It was a great place to experience the THAI
culture and get over jet lag before getting on the boat to dive.