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Manta Point Dive Center

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jodydive wrote a review Jan 2013
16 contributions4 helpful votes
My boyfriend and I sent an email to Manta Point about diving Richelieu Rock. Mike was very helpful, not only with dive information but also suggested accommodation and tours. We didn't have time in our itinerary to do a live aboard so we opted for a single day Richelieu dive. We miscommunicated about the need to arrive a day early to get fitted for our gear so the shop stayed open late to accommodate us. The shop was very clean, well-run and the equipment was top-notch. Manta Point, as with all other dive shops in the area, contracts the Rich Rock dive with another outfit in town. Everything worked seamlessly and we'd dive with Manta Point again. I highly recommend them!
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Date of experience: December 2012
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Gary V wrote a review Aug 2011
Cape Town Central, South Africa1 contribution9 helpful votes
Being a advance diver and dived all around the world with lots of difternt companies I expected more from a company that apppeared so professional at first. The dive shop or office looks great from the street and Lana one of the owners is very nice and friendly. We were 4 of witch 2 were doing the open water course and were seperated of me and a onther girl that were open water and did not dived in 3 years. She reneted a camera from the shop and the dive master Phillip took her camra and suggested to take pictures for her. As soon as we got in the water it was cleared that he was more interisted in taking pictures than assistaning the girl. i ended up helping her troughout the two dives. At one point when I took a picture she over floerd her BC and ended on the surface... lucky we were only 20 feet deep at that point. It took the Dive master a few min to realise she was on the surface where he ended up assiting her. On the secon dive we had extreamly strong currents...... out of my experiance we will dive up current and then take the easy part on the way back to the boat... not in this case... We had a very strong and exosting swimm baqck to the boat after I showed him that I had 80 bar of air left. he still grabbed on to coral to take pictures on the way back leaving me and the girl to fight the current... I f I say taking pictures I means 5 min to take 5 snap shots.... When we arrived on the safety stop I had 20 bar left on my air supply...... maybe some of you will be ok to dive under these conditions but I'm sure like to enjoy my care free dives and I will never use this company again. If you dive with a dive master on a tour you expect the personal attention to theose who need it and dont leave it for the gust that paid to train the other guest..... there is a diffrence of assisting a buddy and training people that dont know what they doing or unsure..... come on the girl were honest and said she did not dive in 3 years.......
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Date of experience: August 2011
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dbhall72 wrote a review May 2011
Hong Kong, China72 contributions26 helpful votes
We were not staying in Ao.Nang but approximately 20 minutes drive away and had done our research in advance prior to leaving Britain. With so many dive centres in Ao Nang, it could be confusing knowing which one to use but after our research, it was apparent that Manta Point were genuinely PADI approved, but be careful as not all the centres in Ao Nang are, although they display the logo! Keith and his wife were very friendly and have put all their savings into running this attentive business, including collecting us from our hotel at a very reasonable price, even cheaper than the local taxis. We dived on two days and some reviewers have commented on the lengthy boat trips, but in our opinion, this was part of the lure of this company as you had time to study on the boat and as the boat was small you were not crammed on board with a large group of divers. In addition there were plenty of complimentry fluids to keep you hydrated and the food was very edible. As two Open Water divers taking our Advanced qualification, we found our instructor, Alex to be excellent and would recommend him and his teaching skills to anyone. I would go as far to say he's one of the best instructors we've dived with as he was sociable and running on the surface but a consummate professional under the water. We were generally very lucky with our diving as the visibility had improved which enabled us to see a wide array of species from Leopard Sharks to Turtles. When we return to the Krabi area we will certainly be using Manta Point again.
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Date of experience: April 2011
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merlin1965 wrote a review Nov 2010
cheshire602 contributions162 helpful votes
Myself and my two nearly grown up kids Thomas and Ellie had 3 day great diving with Keith and his team, including Peter and the always smiling Thai crewe. We all found the experience thoroughly enjoyable. Thanks to you all. Some people have commented about the long boat journeys to the likes of Phi Phi and to be honest they could take around two hours, BUT we really enjoyed this time as we got to know the other divers - something you don't always get with the bish bash bosh of other dive centres getting you to the dive site as quickly as possible. For us it was all part of the diving experience and with the benefit of hindsight I would choose to do again without hesitation. As one of the smaller dive operators (don't be put off by this - its not a negative comment - think boutique), the boat does not have 10 to 20 divers on board - we had a maximum of 8 I think. I was not envious at all of the faster speedboats whizzing past us with all their divers nicely cramped together bouncing on the waves - my back would not have stood up to that! And, as divers you probably have some degree of environmental concerns –well, Keith runs his boat on biodiesel, something he doesn’t really shout about but should! This also means he can run the boat with very few divers – other dive centres need to fill the boat to make it viable. Finally as the parent of two of the divers I have my own standards of safety which are way above any which any dive centre needs to have. Manta Point Divers scored on all and I always felt my kids were safe and well looked after. Good luck with the business Keith and I really hope to do the Similan’s with you sometime.
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0Tentacles0 wrote a review Jul 2010
Singapore, Singapore12 contributions36 helpful votes
4 of us went during the low season. Keith the owner was apparently faced with plenty of problems. All his staff resigned on the day when we were supposed to dive(bad telltale sign), dive trip out was horrible we were out an hour late due to him being shorthanded. We booked for 5 dives in total, 3 on the first day and 2 phi phi ones on the second. The second never materialized and the first day was cut to 2 dives. I only managed 1 dive out of the 2 as the water was too choppy and i was getting seasick badly, My question was, why didn't the man, Keith tell us that it was gonna be so bad and just do the dives elsewhere which we eventually booked some local dives with another dive shop and got much better dives. I am really concern as the conditions were really not too suitable for diving, shark point was infested with jellyfish, our time underwater was greatly reduced to 28mins due to bad weather conditions, it seems like they are just going through the motion of diving. Keith was so into monetary stuff and nothing about your well being, all he does was to talk about all his stories and stuff just to lead to the topic of paying. I paid for the 2 dives in any case without haggling even when i did only 1. The return trip after the 2 dives was the worst, his boat had gearbox problems, we headed back @ 3pm reached krabi shore @ almost 7pm in the evening, so much time wasted!! I have to be frank, if this were to be your first few open water certification dives, you did probably give up diving, thinking why the hell are you paying for such crap. However, credit to Peter our designated DM, he was on the contrary to Keith doing a much better job.
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