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Dive Review of Adelaar in
Indonesia/Komodo

Adelaar: "A clumsy live-aboard with historical past.", Oct, 2015,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 63 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 8538.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean; Galapagos, Socorro, Fiji, Solomons, GBR, Vanuatu,
PNG, Philippines, Indonesia, Palau, Yap, Kosrae
Closest Airport Denpasar, Bali Getting There Can make international connection thru several cities -- Singapore, Hong Kong, Taipei, Inchon.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 72 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments No dedicated camera table and no dedicated camera rinse tanks. Crew sometimes careless in handling camera gear. No dedicated battery charging area. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments This 10-day Komodo trip left from Bali, which saved the hassle and extra expense of flying to Labuan Bajo to catch the boat. On the way out, we dived at Satonda and Banta Islands and on the return trip, dived at Sangeang and Moyo.

The Adelaar was built in Holland in 1902 and was initially converted to a dive boat in 1993. It underwent further renovation in 2008. The owner is attempting to maintain the historical integrity of the vessel while operating a first-class live-aboard. Therefore, some compromises are apparent especially pertaining to the dive operation.

The forward section of the boat is elevated from the deck by about 30" with only one small sidestep to use to climb to and descend from this oft-used area. The access can be quite awkwar ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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