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Dive Review of Aqua One in
Indonesia/Komode Is.

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Ralph Baker, NV, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 2738
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, PNG, Solomon Isl., Fiji, Hawaii, Coco Isl., Galapagos Isl.,
Vancouver, Belize, Caymans, Saba, Turks and Caicos, California, Mexico 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
70   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table away from diving area, crew carried camera to dinghy, put in
water tank at end of dive and took back to camera table.  Compressed air to
blow off housings, lots of electrical outlets both 220 and 110 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
We were lucky in that there was only 10 divers and 12 crew members. The
service was the best I have ever had.  We were split up among three
divemasters.  That made for very personal dive guides and seeing many more
things then I would otherwise have seen.  They were excellent at pointing
out things, especially the small things.  They were very attentive and
quick to respond.  One diver had some anxiety problems and went to the
surface. The diver was never alone and the dive master was very reassuring
and calmed him down.

Fish life is very varied.  In the colder water there were manta rays. We
did see a large mola mola.  A variety of stone fish.  So many stone fish
that you had to be very careful where you put a knee, finger or laid down
to take pictures.  There was an abundance of small things like box crabs,
crinoid shrimps, porcelain craps, cling fish, sea apples, nudibranchs,
pigmy seahorses, bob tail squid, and frog fish both the large and small
types.  Many turtles (I think they were hawksbill and green turtles).  On
one occasion the turtle actually swam in from the open ocean and swam with
one of the divers for some time. The turtle was so close she could touch it
without moving her arm more than a few inches from her body.

Few large pelagics. I saw one grey reef shark.  Only three manta rays.

Things that were not in season. I was told that the ghost pipe fish are
more plentiful in September.  The Komodo dragons were mating and hard to
find. We saw only two but generally they see 10 to 15.  The mating season
is from July through most of August.

What type of wet suit?  I brought three. One I use in California, a full
3mm suit and a shorty 2mm.  My California suite is a 5mm farmer john with
jacket.  I was never cold nor did I notice the many thermoclines in the
colder water.  I did get warm in the shallows during the night dive where
the water would get to 75 degees F.  The divemasters and the other divers
had full 5mm suits. They got cold after about 45 minutes.  As the days wore
on some of the divers sat out some dives because of the cold.

They do two days in the cold water and three in the warm water.  There were
currents and some were as bad as those I experienced in Vancouver, Canada. 
We were dropped on the lee side and warned not to go to far to the edge. 
Only one person had trouble with some difficult surge, everybody else
seemed to manage very well.  There are 4 dives per day and that includes
the night dive.  They tell you  to dive for only 45 minutes, but that was
never enforced.  I always got at least 60 minutes and they did not
complain. (The diver masters were shivering though in the colder water)
As for the boat, it was definitely a luxury live a board.  They claim to
hold up to 17 divers, but that would not leave much room.  I would think
the divers would be crawling all over each other at the dive stations and
on the small sun deck, and salon.  The food was very good.  The bunks are
in an L shape with an opening underneath the bunks and at the junction of
the legs of the L. They did not have the bunk bed style. Additonal storage
space was available as drawers under each bunk. 

Great trip, and even greater service.  It was like having my own personal
dive guide.  Worth the 32 hours travel time with a night lay over in Bali. 
And yes, you must payoff the officials that weigh your bags.
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