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Dive Review of Archipelago Adventurer II in
Indonesia/Komodo Island

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jeremy Cohen, Catherine Jordan, PA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4857
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Papua New Guiunea, Galapagos, Hawaii, Belize, Caymans, California, Florida,
Bahamas, Honduras Bay Islands, Puget Sound 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
 3 minute safety stop, carry surface signaling devices, 500 PSI upon
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Plenty of table space and sufficient 110 and 210 outlets (bring plug
adapters) in the lounge. When seas rose one night, crew checked on cameras
and secured loose gear while we slept. Dedicated rinse buckets. Crew very
careful with cameras loading them onto pangas, heading to dive sites, and
returning cameras to dive stations after rinsing them for us.  Helpful
suggestions from dive pro,Francesca. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
In four decades of diving we have never met a crew as gracious, helpful,
personable, and just plain good to share a boat with as the Archipelago
Adventurer II crew. Terima kasih. The diving ranged from discovery of rare
nudabrinchs to high voltage, high current encounters with white tip sharks,
tuna, and jacks that were courting. We never encountered another dive boat.
Our dive masters checked the currents and conditions of each dive site
minutes before each dive and were ready to re-arrange schedules to enable
our 12 guests to experience not-to-be-missed reefs. Repeatedly, the dives,
meals and shore excursions reflected the the whim and wonder of the guests
rather than a pre-set schedule. The currents, buoyancy control demands,
open ocean diving, peligics and remoteness make this advanced diving to be
sure. Yet cruise director James immediately adopted some of the newest
divers to assure not only their safety and the development of new water
skills, but that they would not miss out on even the most challenging
sites. Dive guide Beeja made it his personal responsibility to line me and
my camera up with mantas, sharks, sea snakes, scores of nudibranchs,
turtles, and eels adn to keep stray divers focused on critters and fins
away from my lens. We visited a remote village (bring paper and pencils,
small tools, or clothes as gifts - they are appreciated an needed), saw
Komodo dragons up close and personal (we appreciate how close we were),
marveled at the pods of dolphins following our boat, dove hard and soft
coral walls and reefs day and night, spent hours muck diving, and found the
ocean here healthy and so rich with aquatic diversity that a dive never
occured without a new sighting for Catherine and me. Plenty of room on the
boat, the food a cut or two above. The VIP service (well worth the $25)
meeting us at the airport in Bali and getting out to Labuan Bajo took all
the worry and hassel out of travel. It is a looong set of flights from
Pennsylvania (Singapore Air was terrific) and worth every moment. The boat
can roll in a good sea. The showers can suddenly go dry. Chairs and a wine
bottle (save the wine bottle!) flew across the deck during a rough
crossing.  It's not the Caribbean - and that's the point. From the volcanic
peeks to bait balls that envelloped us, the Archipelago Adventurer II
sojourn wrapped us up in an oceanic pallet more varried than any trip we
have taken before and the crew did so with style. This is a very class
operation and if this were my classroom back at school, I'd assign each and
every crew member an A+.     
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