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Dive Review of Dewi Nusantara in
Indonesia/Alor & Komodo

May, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Martin Roberts, Fordingbridge, GB
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 6579
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Many Indonesian locations - Bali,Komodo,Alor,Wakatobi,Lembeh,Raja Ampat. 
Philippines, Thailand, Maldives, OZ, Tanzania, South Africa, Mozambique,
Madagascar, Costa Rica, Eqypt, Jordan, Ecuador, USA, Grenada, Tobago,
Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Cuba.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
21   to 29    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No enforced rules - recommended 60 minute dive time with consideration for
other divers. All dives planned as no deco dives.  
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
3 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  
Well set up camera room with plenty of charging points. Dedicated main deck
rinse tank and careful crew handling of all equipment. Solid tenders make
for better handling of gear than RIBs.

Unusual itinerary (Alor & Komodo) gave a wide range of subject matter
from macro to mating white tips. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
Not our first trip on board Dewi Nusantara (previously also known as
Paradise Dancer) and again it didn't take us long to remember why we
return. Excellent service from friendly crew in very comfortable
surroundings. Cabins are spacious and well appointed - master cabin is
ridiculouly spacious. Plenty of deck space, sun loungers and good space for
kitting up for a dive. Unless weather prevents it, all meals are served
outside on the main deck with it's great views & automatic air
conditioning. Cannot complement the helpfulness and friendly service from
all crew enough. 

Diving was mixed in subject with some great muck/macro sites in the Alor
region along with some great coral sites in that area before moving on to
the Komodo region and many of the bettter known sites in that area often
for current blown pelagic diving. Note - we saw little sign of the reported
dynamite fishing damage that has been reported - some but no widespead

Weather was unkind at times (very windy and therefore choppy at on
occassion) preventing us from diving some of the more southerly dive sites
yet we still found plenty of excellent locations. That said dry and warm
the whole trip.
Overall I continue to recommend Dewi Nusantara as an exceptional dive yacht
(the best in the region? - probably...) and cannot recommend her highly
enough both for facilities and staff - next trip onboard to Cendrawasih in
February - can't wait!
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