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Colona Liveaboard - Day Dives

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Phuket Town, Thailand
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About Colona Liveaboard - Day Dives
Owner of M/V Giamani a luxury liveaboard in Thailand. Just five cabins all with private toilet and shower, aircon and windows. The perfect way to enjoy diving Similan islands, Richelieu Rock and discover diving Hin Deng and Koh Ha
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Julie Dussault wrote a review Mar 2020
5 contributions7 helpful votes
We had an incredible experience onboard the Giamani end of February 2020. The logistics were extremely well organized; on departure day we had a refresher course in the pool, then were brought onboard the Giamani where we had a briefing then were assigned rooms and could settle in. We did 4 dives per day, with a couple hours between each dive, which was plenty, to eat and chill. The food prepared by the chef on board surpassed ALL expectations, we had fresh bread every morning, and never ate the same thing more than once. There was a mix of soups, calamari, chicken, rice dishes, pizza, etc, great variety and served buffet-style so perfect for all tastebuds. Our dive masters Francesco and Dima were extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and would hang out with us in between dives. A+ dive masters/guides/friends, couldn't have asked for better. Unfortunately the week we were there (and apparently this was the case the week before too), the water was rich with plankton so the visibility was very poor (10-15 feet max). However, the plus side of that was that the plankton attracted big animals - we saw THREE whale sharks (in one encounter I was so close to it I had to move my head out of the way of its tail) and 10+ manta rays. These sightings were the highlight of the trip and more than made up for the poor visibility. The ship itself was in good condition; because we were only 5 passengers while there is a capacity for 10, my dad and I were able to get our own rooms. I think the normal rooms would be fine for couples but feel a little tight for friends and a parent-child onboard together. There were a few spots to chill on the boat which were nice. Overall, this was our first liveaboard experience and it set the bar quite high for the next ones! Giamani is most definitely worth the price you pay for it.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from Colona L, Manager at Colona Liveaboard - Day Dives
Responded Mar 26, 2020
Hi Julie, many thanks for the great review and we hope we can welcome you and your dad again on a liveaboard cruise on board MV Giamani. Greetings from Phuket Island Your Mv Giamani Team
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Bel08j wrote a review Feb 2020
Sydney, Australia9 contributions11 helpful votes
Our first live aboard dive experience was amazing thanks in no small way to MV Giamani crew and dive instructors Francesco and Dima. We were impressed with their knowledge, attention to detail and the service provided by crew when coming back from a dive. My partner and I also partook in the optional Nitrox course on board, run by Francesco. Will definitely be returning for another live aboard with MV Giamani
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Colona L, Manager at Colona Liveaboard - Day Dives
Responded Feb 15, 2020
many thanks for the great review of your experience on board our MV Giamani. Hope that we not have to wait too long to welcome you again here in Phuket, Thailand for more diving with us.
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martin3300 wrote a review Jan 2020
Thailand18 contributions4 helpful votes
We had an awesome time diving the similan islands with Francesco. He had the best dive briefings I’ve experienced. Funny but professional at the same time. Has good knowledge of the area. Crew is good at taking care of gear when you get out of water. Food could use some work. Maybe fresh towels after a few days.
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Date of experience: January 2020
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Response from Colona L, Manager at Colona Liveaboard - Day Dives
Responded Jan 15, 2020
Many thanks for the great review and happy to hear you had a good time scuba diving in Thailand with MV Giamani.
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Anthony K wrote a review Dec 2019
Barrie, Canada3 contributions1 helpful vote
Three friends and I booked two back-to-back excursions on MV Giamani, from December 1 to 8, 2019. Two of them had been on this boat before. This was my first live-aboard, and I was very impressed by the level of service and efficiency of the whole operation - great food, accommodating staff and super diving. For the first of our excursions, 4 nights in the Similan islands, there were only 6 guests, so those of us who expected to share a cabin with bunks were instead given our own room, a really nice surprise. The boat runs like clockwork, with a schedule shown on a screen in the common/dining area, briefings 1/2 hour before each dive, and deck hands assisting divers in getting geared up before the dives and getting everything stowed after. The captain handles the boat with a deft hand. We had some unexpected high winds, with the resulting waves, during our excursions and our dive sites had be modified to accommodate that, so we missed Richelieu Rock in favour of diving on the leeward side of islands, but we made all the scheduled wreck dives and saw some amazing sites including caverns and some beautiful pinnacles. The briefings, especially for the wreck dives were informative with graphics and interesting histories, and because at most there are 10 divers on the boat, felt very safe in the small dive groups. I took the Nitrox and Padi Advanced courses while on board. Francesco Ferrari, the Tour Leader taught the courses and did an excellent job. Dima, the other dive master was equally good leading dives. They've both dove these sites many times and really know their way around. Plus they had a dive instructor student on placement riding along on the boat, providing an extra set of eyes during the dives. I can't say enough about this experience - the food, service and diving was amazing. Everyone was helpful and friendly. Can't wait to go back.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from Colona L, Manager at Colona Liveaboard - Day Dives
Responded Dec 16, 2019
Hi Anthony, thanks a lot for the great review. Look to welcome you all again on board our Liveaboard MV Giamani Greetings from Phuket Island Ingo
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Jamie T wrote a review Oct 2019
18 contributions36 helpful votes
Fantastic 2 day live-aboard. Met and exceeded all expectations on dive quality, food and hospitality. 5 star service. We saw lots of coral, fish, a snoozing turtle and schools and schools of yellow snappers.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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Response from Colona L, Manager at Colona Liveaboard - Day Dives
Responded Oct 5, 2019
Many thanks for the great review for our MV Giamani. Hope can welcome you soon again on one of our liveaboard cruises.
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