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Dive Review of Ahe Island Resort/Ahe Island Resort, Cenderawasih-bay in
Indonesia/Ahe Island, West Papua

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Rachel Thong, Sg, SG (1 report)
Report Number 6138
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Raja Ampat, Manado, Sipidan, Bali, Galapagos, Malaysia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
30   to 32    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 20    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
None, you can do what you like  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
I give this dive site a 4 as I went there expecting nothing in terms of the
dive operator - they are very new to the concept of diving, I did not
expect their English to be great, they are not used to tourist so I did not
expect the food/service to be great. I went there with the sole purpose to
see whalesharks up close and personal and I got that, twice! (had to pay
extra for the 2nd trip).  The cost is expensive and includes the stay and
food + diving and one very long (2 and half hrs) boat ride ONE WAY to see
the whalesharks that come up very close to the fishing platforms to eat the
fish or get hand fed. You can dive (or snorkle) close up to them and even
hand feed them, they are incredibly tame.  If you don't get to see them the
1st trip, you get a 2nd trip thrown in or if you want to see them again
(& bother to travel that far twice), you pay Euros150 extra which is
worth it if you do get to see them.  It is an incredible experience even if
it does feel like a petting zoo sometimes.  The locals treat them as their
pets.  We swarm hours with them and left before they did! The local kids
were playing with them in the water (well, the whalesharks were feeding and
the kids were just playing around with them, probably not right but I am
not about to tell the locals what's right and wrong)  The dive operator do
pay the fishermen for the privilege of us jumping into the waters near the
fishing platforms. Lets not forget that they are fishermen and live hand to
mouth on a daily basis. 
The boats are not in good condition, one broke down while we were diving
(thank goodness not while we were on the long trip to see the whalesharks)
and we waited forever just to get a spanner from one of the islands to fix
the engine (or something). We weren't worried as we could see the islands
and figured out that at most, we could just take a swim but i imagine if
you were far out on the way to see the whalesharks and the waves were
choppy, it would not be funny. In the end, another boat came by to tow us
back.  On our way back to the mainland to catch our flight, the boat boy
was constantly emptying out the water with a pail.  We took all this in
stride.  
The 'dive shop' is not great, you shld look after yr own equipment. They
want to help but they just don't know how to take care of expensive
equipment.  But I gave them a 3 as the locals try really hard, they are
just not experienced. The Dutch guy who runs the resort is a non-diver, how
can a non-diver run a dive shop so how can he train them and how can they
be expected to improve? And he is hardly on the island, he def does not
live on the island. 
The accommodation is cleaned daily, cold water in a coconut tub but we had
a hot water bag to shower every night. Food was bad but you get all your
protein,vegs and fruits, you had to beg for fish. Some us spoke Bahasa so
we were lucky.  We all got bitten very badly though! Nets were quite
useless, we had coils everywhere but the mossies were relentless! 
Diving wise, no large fish, corals were so so but we did see critters
(pygmy seahorse, shrimps, we saw a pregnant ghost shrimp) and couple of
turtles.  Its not Manado or Lembeh but then I went there to see whalesharks
in a rather unique environment. Dive guides are so so, they were trained in
Bali, but again they are new to diving. We basically took care of
ourselves. 
So if you want a unique diving experience with whalesharks, can take care
of yourself and your own equipment, then go.  Would I go again? Yes but I
am the type that can only feel its a real dive trip if it takes more than
30 hrs to get there! 
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