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

October, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Katie Murphy, CA, United States (1 report)
Report Number 3718
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Channel Isalnds, Hawaii, Belize, Dominica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
This boat had fantastic accomodations for UWP.  Plenty of work space and
charging stations both in and outside your room.  Bring those converters if
using 220V.  The crew took great care when handling any of our equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was my first liveaboard and from what everyone on the boat told me,
it's only downhill from here (and these were world class divers!).  This
boat and her crew were truly exceptional.  So much space both in and out of
our room.  The tender guys were great.  The food was unbelieveable - no one
went hungry.  The dive masters exceled at finding animals, addressed
everyone's "wishlists" and really were fun to hang out with.  We
started in Ambon and made our way up to Raja over a period of 10 days.  We
had everything from muck critters in Ambon to a few pelagics at Cape Kri. 
The critters and giant calms were fantastic.  The mangrove area is not to
be missed. Raja is as beutiful above the water as below.  If you get a
chance to go ashore, you really should (so take your malaria meds and bring
your above water camera lenses).  Prepare for zero to wild currents.  Some
people had reef hooks, which we will def. do next time.  My only complaint
is that there were a couple passengers on board who had been
"banned" from other liveaboard operations (VERY poor behavior and
careless undewater w/the coral).  I hope Archipelago follows suit, as these
folks really made life miserable for the rest of us...  Aside from that
Archipelago is worth every penny - book ahead as it does fill up.  We will
def. go again!  Please feel free to email me w/any questions.
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