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Dive Review of Amira in
Indonesia/Banda Sea

May, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US
Sr. Contributor   (22 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 7017
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
BVI, USVI, Saba, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman
Brac, Costa Rica, Coco Island, Revillagigedos, Sea of Cortez, Palau, Yap,
Red Sea, Sipadan, PNG, Indonesia, Philippines
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
73   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
try to be back at boat with 500psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Camera room was a bit crowded with 6 of us having large housed cameras and
several having small housed cameras. Tools, electrical su
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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3 stars   
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I boarded the Amira in Ambon after two dive days at Maluku divers, where I
checked out my gear and started acclimating to the 12-time-zone change from
Philadelphia. Our group of 13 divers was separated into three groups of 3,
4, and 7 to fit the three dive tenders. Dive guides rotated each day. The
first day, when we were to depart, the harbor master wouldn't give us
permission to leave, so we did two dives in Ambon harbor. This allowed me
to revisit the site Rhino city, where I did get to see both a yellow lacey
scorpionfish and a purple weedy scorpionfish, two rhinopius I hadn't seen
before. Once we got underway the next day, we did one dive at the SW end of
Ambon harbor, then headed out to the Banda Sea. Our later departure meant
we couldn't visit Bandanera, but other sites gave us plenty to see and
photograph. Reaching the Lucipara group on day 3, we saw many turtles plus
some large fish - dogtooth tuna, bumphead parrotfish, m
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