Local Divers Thailand / Kamala Dive Center
From the time we entered the van from the hotel to the return trip, the service was excellent. The dive boat staff took our dive gear from the van, took it over to the dive boat, and on return the staff took our gear out to the waiting area were the hotel shuttles were.
Unfortunately the staff took away my exercise for the day. But for those who find difficulty in carrying their own gear - great. Talk about unexpected personalized service.
The Divemaster assigned to us was excellent, locating marine creatures that we had never seen before at dive sites that we had dived before. It was amazing, our DM constantly came across subjects, and with no hesitation brought it to the attention of the other divers in the group.
All dives were no less than 50 minutes (or maybe a little more) in duration from the time you entered the water to surfacing from the safety stop.
Overall, we had an extremely good experience.
Hopefully on our return, we will again have a positive memorable experience.
The food on board:
Breakfast - eggs sunny side up, toast, sausages, jam, coffee, etc.
Lunch - if you like Thai cuisine ... excellent.
And throughout the day light snacks, and after the last dive pancakes.
Cost: well over $120.00 for 3 dives including breakfast, lunch, snacks, water, etc. Rentals will incur an additional cost based on the booking agent. Soft-drinks are available at 30 Baht. Beer is available at 60 Baht
The only negative issue that we have with this operation is that at the end of the day, there was no briefing on the part of the dive/boat crew (that we were aware of) as to which shuttle would take us back to our respective hotels. We had to ask each individual shuttle driver if they were heading out to our hotel. No concern about missing the shuttle, as each driver verified prior to departure, that they had the correct guests in the van.
The other issue, though to us would be deemed a minor concern is that the staff's English may be limited or even poor, they still provided an excellent diving experience and service.
If you are concerned about on-board facilities, they have 3 heads available for use.
Would we recommend this operation: Yes
Would we use this operation again: Yes, without hesitation
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