This last summer I choose Aquavision to explore diving in Krabi, Thailand. A couple good gripes: First, they don't give you any discount if you have your own gear. I figured I'd just use theirs and forego cleaning mine, until I saw their gear (regulator lacked a mouthpiece). I suppose being primarily a student dive site, it had bottom of the line gear. I quickly changed my mind and used my own regulator. Second, I'm a photographer and after the first dive, I handed my camera rig to the boatman while I climbed out of the water. They didn't have facilities for cameras at all, so he laid it on the soft seat cushions facing directly into the sun. It took less than a couple minutes for the intense Thailand sun rays to focus into my lens elements and literally melt the aperture, ruining a very expensive lens on my SONY NEX7/Nauticam rig. The owner/manager said they seldom see expensive cameras and don't have on boat facilities, but rather tell the boatmen to lay the camera in a soft spot. Hard to believe, as UW photography is popular. This is the first dive shop I've ever been to that doesn't have some kind of of accommodations for cameras. The manager of the shop wouldn't even give me a couple free dives to compensate for the loss of the lens. Needless to say I cancelled a weeks worth of diving with them. Fortunately, the camera sensor escaped damage and the lens was replaced in Manila. To be fair, the dive-masters were professional and nice, but management not giving me a couple free dives after ruining my camera says a lot about the company. One last note to divers, the Andaman Sea in Thailand is dying due to high water temperatures. The coral reefs there are DEAD compared to the Philippines. save your money if you're looking for a great diving experience and go to the Philippines or Malaysia instead. Puerta Galera, Apo Island, Moalboal and Apo reef in the Philippines are stunning and alive compared to Thailand. I hope the temperatures eventually go down in the Andaman, as Thailand used to be a wonderful dive experience. I was warned by my local dive shop not to even go to the Similans because it was a waste of money. I went and she was right :-( Should you be in Thailand, stay clear of Aquavision if you are a serious diver with camera gear.
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