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

Adventure Komodo, Feb, 2004,

by Tari Suprapto, NY, USA . Report 997.

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

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments [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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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