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

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Helen Malnar, FL, USA
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Report Number 5076
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Komodo Islands, Socorro Islands, Cocos, Galapagos, Australia, Palau, Fiji,
Caribbean, Mexico, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time restriction   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
The Adventurer II was transitioning from one area of Indonesia to Raja
Ampat so we picked up the boat in Ambon and then cruised around Misool and
them on up around Cape Kri and disembarked in Sorong, diving many islands
and sites along the route. It was an 11 night trip which I would recommend.
I would be a happy diver if I could spend the rest of my days diving
Indonesia.  The critters were amazing, you just never knew what you may see
next!  The pygmy seahorses may be rare, but not in this part of the ocean.
We counted 10 on one sea fan!  The critters are a lot of what we saw on the
Komodo trip, with a few additions.  We spotted a Wobbegong shark which we
never saw on the Komodo trip. Ornate ghost pipefish, dragonets, mantis
shrimp, lionfish, cuttlefish, and also mating cuttlefish are just some of
the stars of diving this part of the world. 
  The boat is nice and spacious, and the crew is amazing.  They learn your
name right away and ALL crew will address you by your name.  The panga
drivers will immediately ask you how was your dive, before you have taken
off your mask!  They want to practice their English on you so they are
always engaging conversation.  Very, very friendly people.  The food was
better than on the Komodo Dancer, and this is what they advertise.  The
service overall is just outstanding.  
  The divemasters were excellent at finding pygmy seahorses and other
critters.  They were a little overzealous on wanting to show everyone
everything they found.  Sometimes I just didn't feel like swimming over to
see another pygmy seahorse!!  James and Francesca were our cruise directors
but they were new to the boat and did not know some of the sites very well,
but that was ok because the main divemasters, Ali and Made did know the
sites.  I wasn't too pleased to see Francesca wear gloves on every dive. 
There is no reason for a divemaster to wear gloves when the water is so
   Archipelago met us in Bali and escorted our group both coming and going.
 This is a very important feature especially when it came time to weigh the
luggage and pay the fees for going over weight limits at the two small
airports to and from Bali.
  My buddy and I stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bali and loved it.
 The free breakfast was fabulous! Overall a great trip, can't wait to go
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