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Dive Review of Archipelago Fleet/Archipelago II in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Archipelago Fleet/Archipelago II, Oct, 2007,

by Marc Massari, CA, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 3716.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Channel Islands, Hawaii, All over Mexico, Bonaire, Hunduras, St Maartin, Saba, Belize, Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 25 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions because of multiple dives per day, watch your depth and pay attention to saturation levels.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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
UW Photo Comments huge camera area with lots of power. make sure you bring your 220v converters.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments If you havent gone to Raja Ampat yet, put it on your list. Its all about little critters, things you just couldnt imagine. If you decide to go, put Archipelago II on top of your list of liveaboards to use. They were in contact with us well before the trip making sure we had everything in order. They met us at every leg of the trip to make sure that our bags made it through to the next leg and finally to the boat. They also did the same on the way home. Once there, we never lifted anything. The crew was just perfect and they really wanted you to have a great time. The foodwow. The staterooms were surprisingly big. At 63, thats a big concern with me. We typically did between 4 and five dives a day: muck, mangroves, drift, etc. This area is subject to currents, so be prepared.
Photographers, bring lots of memory cards. i came home with over 1500 pictures.
I am glad to provide more details upon request, so email away.
I am going back!
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