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Diving near Sattahip

Discussion in 'Thailand' started by goldeneagle, Mar 12, 2014.

  1. goldeneagle

    goldeneagle New

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: San Diego CA
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    Hi, I run a small dive club and we will be in Sattahip near the end of May and was wondering if anyone could recommend a few good dive operators I can set up trips through
     
  2. lord khram

    lord khram Contributor

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    I don't think there are any operators running direct from Sattahip, all the diving in that area is based from a small fishing town at Samae San, 10 min's drive away. Ray Divers is the only operator actually based in the town, right next to a pier and their boat, Thai owned and well run. Not been on their boat for some time, customers are predominantly Thai's from Bangkok at weekends, but I do believe the boat is available every day subject to demand. I have heard over the years lots of criticism of this outfit, generally emanating from their farrang run competitors around Pattaya who try to discredit them to justify their much higher prices. DO NOT LISTEN TO ANY OF IT. Standards are at least as good as what you will get from any of the Pattaya shops and far superior to many, the main difference is that they do not operate a pick up / drop off service, but dare say if you don't have your own transport they would organise something for you, particularly if there are a few in your club?

    Other than that all the other boats in the area are operated by the Pattaya shops who will transport you from Pattaya to Samae San, about 30-40 minute drive, Tread carefully. Real Divers based in Jomtien would be my choice.
     
  3. watboy

    watboy Scuba Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Thailand
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    I use Ray Divers for when I go to Hard deep. My only complaint is they don't offer nitrox. They charge by the tank, so if you do 1, 2 or 3 dives you pay appropriately. Once you've been on his boat, you really wonder why you'd pay more to go on a farang operation.
     
  4. Arizona

    Arizona PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Phoenix, AZ
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    The food is pretty good as well on Rays. Mermaids out Jomtien is also a good outfit.
     
  5. Pietsweis

    Pietsweis Registered

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: South Africa
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    Mermaids is a good option but check in advance. They do not do daily trips down there any more. Also depends on demand.

    Sent from my GT-I9500 using Tapatalk
     
  6. goldeneagle

    goldeneagle New

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: San Diego CA
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    Anyone have a link to Ray Divers?
     
  7. lord khram

    lord khram Contributor

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    Don't think they have a website. Should be able to find telephone Number, if you require that PM me.
     
  8. penguintom

    penguintom Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: UK
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    Personally I wouldn't bother. Whilst the diving at Samae San is an improvement to Pattaya. It still leaves a lot to be desired as a dive destination. Same old s**t day frrom the sh***y farrang pattaya rip off shops just at an inflated price becouse of their additional 'transport expenses.
     

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