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Dive Review of Ahi Resort/Ahi Dive Resort in
Indonesia/Ahi Island, West Papua

February, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by ruth ellen, TX, US (1 report)
Report Number 5971
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Entire Carribean, East & west Australia, Hawaii, Florida,Red Sea,
Mexico, Papua New Guinea,Galapagos Islands.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
86   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
5 stars   
1 stars    
Ahi Island is a tiny island ( maybe two football fields wide and 3 long). 
The "dive resort" is no such thing.  They started to accomodate
divers a year ago when they discovered that there is a group of resident
whale sharks that stay in the area, at the surface and are quite acclimated
to divers.  This has resulted from the local fishermen who have caught
little fish and fed the whale sharks.
When my friend from Australia said to meet him & his dive buddy there
to dive with whale sharks, I was ready !  It took 27 flying hours from
Texas (5 separate flights), not counting layovers.  Then 45 minutes by
land, 45 minutes by sea and we were there.
The'resort'(using the word loosely) manager was the only person on the
island to speak English.  The dive guides did not even have a working
knowledge of english words pertaining to the dive equipment.  Using hand
signals, we estabished how we would let him know how much air we had left
on a dive. 
The dive "boat" was known as a perahu( looks like a long canoe
with outriggers and  2 motors on the back.)
Little did we know  that they were only capable of being in water that was
smooth as glass. For the next two mornings we got up at 4 a m to go to the
whale sharks ( 2 1/2 hours from the island).  The first morning water was
coming into the perahu faster than they could bail it out. One of the
outriggers broke and they jumped into the water to try to fix it. After an
hour and a half of being jostled about, the boatmen signalled to us that
the water was too rough and we had to turn back.  Maybe there were 2 foot
waves !  Next morning, the same thing, only this time, they fixed the motor
attachments so not as much water was coming into the boat. AFter an hour
and a half we turned back...again, maybe 2-3 foot waves. On the 3rd day,
the water was very flat and we made it all the way to the fishermen.  They
accomodated us by throwing fish into the water and 3 whale sharks surfaced,
opened their mouths and let themselves be fed.  We then dove with them for
2 glorious hours, no more than 20 feet from the surface.  They continually
circled the fishing boat, swimming among us( 4 divers) with no fear.  Yes,
that was
We did some shore diving on the house reef: no fish, no coral, nothing.  We
also did some boat dives close to the island : no fish, no coral. From the
perahu, we got into the water between the boat & the outriggers, then
your gear was handed down & we put it on.  I wouldn't recommend the
diving to anyone.
Before the trip, Ahi Resort sent out an information sheet.  One of the
items referred to food preferences ( there is no beef ).  There was a box
to check chicken & fish.  Every day, for BOTH lunch & dinner we
were served chicken in one form or another...never fish.  When asked the
manager replied that he had had some guests that told him they had come to
see the fish, not eat them. Tasty, but 12 consecutive meals of chicken is
just too much. In addition to that, there were no specific meal times and
no bell to alert us. The dining area was in a round building, set out on a
dock...charming from the outside, but in horrible repair on the inside with
mold on the ceiling panels. The cost for staying was the same as if we were
in a very posh resort: very expensive.
One night the manager stayed on the mainland and did not tell us that he
would be gone...again, no one  spoke ANY english on the island. So when the
wind came up and one of the boats broke loose we had to run to get one of
the men and through more hand signals and pointing, he figured out that
something was wrong. 
The bungalows were roomy, clean and tastefully furnished, although quite
warm in the afternoons with no airconditioning.  We spent a lot of time
sitting on the porches to pass the time.  The diving was so bad that we
didn't care much about putting on our gear.
Yes, the whale sharks were wonderful.  Quite different from the ones I saw
in Western Australia & Galapagos. But two hours with whale sharks on
one side and 27 flying hours, a resort that is not even close to adequate,
food that was usually served cold with rice & chicken at every meal,
and a boat that could barely stay afloat on the other side doesn't seem
quite even.
Bottom line is this: the accomodations, the food, the poor diving would all
mean nothing if Ahi had a boat that was capable of getting divers to the
real reason they come there: the whale sharks.  But until that time I would
tell divers to keep your money in your pocket and find another place to go!
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