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Dive Review of Archipelago Adventurer II in
Indonesia/Ambon & Banda Sea

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by David Funderburk, CO, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5290
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel. Roatan, Belize, Turks & Cacos, St.Lucia,
Keys, Galapagos, Palau, California, Puget Sound
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
74   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
100   to 50    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft limit  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Wonderful facilities for UWP.  Very large room with multiple stations for
cameras and charging
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was by far the best diving I have ever done.  The reef and the
critters were spectacular. The healthyist environment I have seen. The boat
and crew were wonderful.  The crew was the best I have encountered.  They
helped you in every concievable way, even took my wet suit booties off for
me at the end of the dive. Hot chocolate after night dives.  State rooms
were huge, in fact the whole boat was hugh.  I just can't say enough about
the total experience.  Have booked another trip in 2 years. The only clitch
was the engine broke down and we had to get towed back To Ambon the last
day.  Missed the last day's diving.  I felt like they should have offered
some kind of compensation.  However, it was such a wonderful experience
that this is easily overlooked. 
Went to their sister land resort in Ambon for 3 days after for muck
diving-incredible! See my report for Maluku Divers in Ambon.
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