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Dive Review of Adventure Komodo in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat, Irian Jaya

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Tari Suprapto, NY, USA
Report Number 997
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Tortola, BVI; Pulau Seribu, Java; Bali (Tulamben, Amed, Nusa Penida), and
North Sulawesi (Bunaken Marine Park, Lembeh Strait) in Indonesia.   
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits, computer non-decompression parameters, long safety stops
(5-10 minutes) with at least 750 psi left in tank, safety sausages as
mandatory equipment when diving in sites with possible strong current,
respect for marine life.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
[Had a designated camera table on the dive deck  good for two
photographers and a videographer but if any more, would have gotten really
cramped.  There was a laptop provided on board to review digital photos,
but our photographers brought their own Vaio notebooks so it was not
needed.  Didnt see any evidence of facilities to process print film 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
The boat is a 75 foot catamaran that is probably the best live-aboard
cruising the waters of Indonesia.  It is sleek, clean, and outfitted very
well for its passengers.  We took great advantage of the six bean bags for
naps and hanging out on the front deck.   There was a CD player for ambient
music, although the crew played a more hip selection out on the rear deck 
will have to bring our own CDs next time.  There was also a DVD player and
we had a few movie nights, but the DVDs rarely played smoothly (probably
need to get a new one) and would have been happier bringing our own
selection.  Being a catamaran, it does rock when the water is less than
flat, so be prepared!  We were fortunate to have calm seas most nights and
the captain selected great overnight anchorage spots. 
 The crew was a big part of why the trip was a success for me.  The captain
was an Indonesian named Capt. Wesley, who was enthusiastic about finding
great dive sites, helpful, and more than happy to show us the gadgets on
the bridge.  The head chef was Elizabeth, a lovely Australian woman who was
trained at the Cordon Bleu in London, who helped me stay on the South Beach
Diet, and kept our bellies full with great Asian and Western food.  There
was also an Indonesian chef named Bobby who was full of smiles even early
in the morning and made really spicy things, and Made was our steward who
basically did everything with a smile on his face from keeping our rooms
clean to serving wine at dinner (beer and wine from the Eaglevale vineyard
in Margeret River, Australia are complimentary!).   We also had two great
boatboys, Buyung & Sofyan, who helped us with our equipment and made
sure we safely got to our dive sites and returned to the mother ship. 
The diving was fantastic.  The cruise director and dive leader was the
great Larry Smith, a Texan who is essentially Indonesian after spending so
many years in Indonesia. We also had another divemaster, Paulus, who I had
dove with before, and he took care of the novice divers in the group.  Our
safety was made the top priority and Larry certainly did everything he
could to keep the divers happy by carefully choosing dive sites according
to our tastes.  In fact, you can design your itinerary with the help of his
handy electronic chart!!  We did do a bunch of exploration dives  some
which were good, and some which were kind of boring but exploration means
no guarantees.  He is careful to save the best for last, though.  We
started out in KofiAu and then headed to the Boo Islands for white sand
and great coral reef systems.  We then went to the Misool Islands which are
limestone craggy islands and started seeing schools of bumphead parrotfish,
wahoos, mobula rays, and amazing walls.  We also visited a WWII airplane
wreck and discovered a manta ray cleaning station resulting in a wonderful
close encounter with the mantas.  We ended the trip in glorious style at
Sardine Reef which was teeming with fish and fun currents to ride.  I have
to say that I cant wait to do another trip on the Adventure Komodo!
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