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Dive Review of Archipelago II in

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by James Jenkins, CA, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 4301
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, PNG, Malaysia, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
71   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None although divers were encouraged to stay with guides in areas of strong
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
An entire indoor salon was devoted mainly to photographers; while others
could use it for hanging out, most went to the dining room or outside of it
to relax.  So, plenty of space, charging hookups, etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
The level of service on this boat exceded that even of the Ocean Rover and
was the best ever.  Totally spoiled!  The accommodations were spacious and
functional.  We especially liked the top deck area.  The food was some of
the best we've had on a boat with great attention to presentation.

The boat is VERY noisey when rocking and rolling, which it did while
underway and at anchor in modest swells; otherwise it is a beautiful and
comfortable boat.

The diving was some of the best we've done, combining great macro on a par
with Lembeh Straights and wonderful wide-angle with healthy reefs, soft
corals, sharks, mantas, turtles, large schools of fish, etc.

The guides, Made and Oli, are very good.  The tour leaders, Stephan and
Theresse are very good but just learning the sites.  (This was their second
or third Komodo trip.)  Given how good they were on this trip, I think if
you're considering booking for next year I would have no reservations in
recommending them.

The water temps in the Indian Ocean (and where it comes in between Komodo
and Rinca) can be chilly:  I read lows of 71 and it had been down to 68
earlier according to some divers; on our next cruise we had lows of 74-75. 
Most will need a full 7mm suit to be warm.  I had a full 5/4 with a hooded
vest and a second vest and just managed to avoid the shivers.

I would recommend this boat and crew.  I recommend Komodo ONLY for very
experienced divers.
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