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West Coast Divers

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About West Coast Divers
Welcome on board M/V PAWARA and MV Sawasdee Fasai, our luxurious custom built, steel hull, Similan Islands Liveaboard, refitted especially for this season. Similan Islands, Koh Bon, Koh Tachai, Richelieu Rock, the ultimate way to explore one of the worlds top ten dive spots with one of the longest standing Dive Centers in Phuket
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Crunkie wrote a review Mar 2020
Greasby, United Kingdom5 contributions10 helpful votes
We had a fantastic Time on Pawara, all staff are friendly professional and ensure you have a great time, we will definitely be coming back. Faultless.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from PornpreeyaF, Owner at West Coast Divers
Responded Mar 6, 2020
Thank you very much and we are looing forward to seeing you again.
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Joshua K wrote a review Feb 2020
Oahu, Hawaii5 contributions4 helpful votes
MV Pawara 4 night 4 day live aboard dive tour through Similans, Surin, Koh Bon and Koh Tachai, and 3 dives at Richelieu Rock. Amazing topography and sea life, including 2 whale sharks and 2 mantas. Incredible tour leader, Beto, incredible boat staff, and incredible divemasters. Special shout out to Mickey, who is a *fantastic* divemaster and teacher and a great storyteller. His underwater guidance was clear especially with very strong currents at Koh Tachai and again at Richelieu Rock. As a new diver, Beto’s briefs and constant vigilance and global awareness of all his team and guests and environmental conditions left me feeling very comfortable and safe. Good food and fair lodgings. Small rooms that need a little maintenance love here and there, but what can you expect on a boat? Do not stay on the bottom level if you are very tall. Nitrox typically at 28%, WiFi only when in service range, individual cabin AC, great food. Highly, highly recommended.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from PornpreeyaF, Owner at West Coast Divers
Responded Feb 21, 2020
Thank you for your comment. We are looking forward to welcome you onboard again.
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Xin Li wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom2 contributions
Had an amazing time on the boat (MV Sawasdee Fasai). Everything was organised and smooth. The divemasters and staffs were stars of the trip. Divemasters were knowledgeable and caring. And the staffs were very supportive and made super nice food every day! We can feel they were doing their best to give us the best experience. The only thing is the coral at some sites was damaged by the tsunami and not yet recovered. But this is not something to do with the boat. Just something to bear in mind, and adjust the expectation.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from PornpreeyaF, Manager at West Coast Divers
Responded Jan 5, 2020
Thank you for your comment. We are looking forward to see you onboard again.
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Johan H wrote a review Dec 2019
Stockholm, Sweden134 contributions18 helpful votes
We are very experienced divers. My Buddy has Padi MSDT since>25 years, Full Cave diver, dive physician, Technical diver, Rebreather Instructor, Deep wreck instructor etc furthermore my friend is also dive physician working with professional dive certifications as well as recreational divers since >30years. He has been living in Thailand on and off since 1967 and started diving the Similans 1-2 times per year since early 1990- he has more than 30 Similan trips (15 for me) and we have been diving all seasons there from early September to late March - that is to say We have seen all conditions there! I have less experience, +500 dives some very technical, dive master, tech diver and full cave certified diver. This year we, out of curiosity ,skipped our regular boat (the last 10 years it has been Grand Corall Divers - Deep Andaman Queen) and instead We booked a trip with your boat Sawasdee Fashai- we also booked 2 of my closest friends on the trip. This year we tried another company liveaboard.com / West Coast Divers The boat and crew was nice enough - but already during the first briefing we started to have doubts about the tour leader- It was a far to long-elaborate and quite frankly boring and intimidating (?) briefing - The next day real trouble started - We found ourself on Koh Tachai - having skipped the whole Similans? Would we known that this was the tour leaders intent on the first night we would have left the boat! She gav the reason that the weather  was worse in the Similans - Thats is a lie - from our experience (and I got that confirmed by checking with my regular boat after the fact- they made the Similan) this weather makes the Similans more accessible/safe than  Koh Bon , Koh Tachai - on a request to return to the Similans she gav no clear reasons as to why but said that she could not - After 2 dives on Koh Bon she went on to Koh Tachai and we had a fair dive in worsening weather conditions. When the tour leader than planned for a night dive on the Koh Tachai pinnacle We and another very experienced customer (Mr Paul, a PADI instructor) told her this was not a good idea - She went through with the dive- The search and recovery operation after the dive took more than one hour- the divers scattered all over and other boats assistance was called for - one customer- a swim instructor- was pulled under entangled in the towing rope - one group nearly beached themselves on Koh Tachai before being picked up - All through bad decisions and bad security routines. The next day the tour leader pushed on to Surin. This is a place where We had very few dives over the years - the reason being that its a very bad coral- mud bottoms and bad visibility - normally we just do a night dive here in waiting to push on to Richielieu. I told the tour leader that there was no way to make Richelieu in these conditions but she persisted and all in all we spent 2 1/2 days there before me and my team got into a speedboat and left the trip (the tour leader on the speed boat asked explicit why we where at Surin. He told us that Similans had much better weather conditions. (after the first day around 20 dive boats left Surin. It was only we and their sister vessel there. We have had several discussions with live aboard.com. They asked for proof? There where two main arguments that our claim concerned and both connected to the tour leader: 1. Do a night dive at open ocean. We listed to the brief that in normal style was long and meaningless. If she at least had informed the divers that they should use their lamps into the surface sausage the brief would have had some use. 2. Weather - she skipped all Similan Islands. Btw the tour leader collected the full Marine park fee and then she skipped Similans N.B THE Similans are unique - there are 9 granite islands with the west side dives made of huge granite boulders teeming with marine life and excellent visibility - they are the reason for making this trip again, and again... Liveaboard.com asked for pictures etc in order to prove above. How shall we prove that. It was clear that live aboard.com in a early stage sided with the operator. It would have been easy for them to call a weather station and get the facts strait re weather. And they could just emailed the people on the trip and got info re the night dive. They took the easy road and say they have nothing to do with this. From a refund perspective I might, if I try really hard to in some way understand them. But from a safety perspective it’s a 100 percent wrong call. That tour leader is out there again with a responsibility she is not competent for. If/when something serious happen the shadow is for sure also on liveaboard.com. They have also refused to help us with the name and certification of the tour leader. The reason for that is their extremely hard interpretation of the GDPR regulations... We have now complained in a ordinary fashion too; 1. Tour leader 2. The owner of the boat. 3. West Coast Divers 4. Live aboard.com We have been dismissed and brushed off at all occasions. The first three above have not even produced a reply. Johan Hallberg and Björn Alber
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Marc D. Spain wrote a review Dec 2019
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As a diver and instructor, I could only but recommend them. I experienced amazing dives and would also love to praise the professionalism and kindness of the whole team. Keep up with the good work.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Response from PornpreeyaF, Owner at West Coast Divers
Responded Dec 20, 2019
Thank you for your comment. We are looing forward to see you again in the nearest future.
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