I just read that last review, and found it to be completely off the Mark! Marina Diver's is one of the best shops in Phuket. It is the best DEAL too. First, they do have their own boat, and a full crew. The Dive Masters are great, and it's an easy crew to get along with. (I've been on other boats where attitudes and in-fighting was very evident. It's never the Thais fighting.) As long as you are safe, and respectful to other people, Marina Diver's won't care what you do. The crew, Eek, Richard, etc. are very helpful. If you're a new diver or an experienced diver, does not matter. They will take care of you. They taught me how to use my new camera underwater, (Canon S95). Tell the Dive Master what you want to see, and they will find the fish you are looking for. The food is great as well. The best part is the price. If you book 3 days of diving, they give you 30% off. Now that might not sound like much, but it ends up costing about $70.00 a day (3-tank dives) If you don't have your own equipment, they wil give you 30% of the rental gear too. I dive a lot when I go to Phuket, so it makes a big difference to me. Plus, they feed you two (2) meals on the boat, so I don't have to pay for meals! I have not used their rental gear in several years, but rental gear is never great. You really should have your own mask-fins wet suite, and consider buying your own regs and travel BCD. All of the dive shops have Dive Masters with underwater cameras, and they all shoot pictures and video of you. AND, they always try to sell you a DVD of your trip. Usually asking 1000 to 2000 bhat ($30-60). That's just business, and how the underpaid divemasters make a few extra bucks. Enough said. Give Marina Diver's a try.
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