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Dive Review of Dewi Nusantara/Scuba Seraya in
Indonesia/Komodo, Alor, Wakatobi

September, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Kathy Granger, AZ, US (1 report)
Report Number 6717
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Mexico, PNG, Phillipines, Thailand, Fiji, Tahiti, Hawaii, Malaysia,
Grenada, North Sulawesi, Ambon, Raja Ampjat, Banda Sea, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
24   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Usually around 1 hour dives.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 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  
5 stars  
Both the Dewi and Scuba Seraya had great camera rooms. On the Dewi, Yan
helped you with any problems you might encounter with your camera or
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
TRIP REPORT Dewi Nusantara/ Komodo/Alor/Wakatobi/south tip of Buton and
Scuba Seraya 

We flew Cathay Pacific through Vancouver and Hong Kong to Bali where we
overnighted at the Hotel Puri Bambu. This is a very inexpensive hotel that
is close to the airport that has free shuttle service to and from the
airport. We got 1hour and 1/2 massages here for apx. $12 US. They are very
friendly and efficient and made us a take away breakfast since our flight
left at 6 am. This was our 3rd time staying here. The price has jumped from
around US $40 to US$85 since we stayed there last year. They are still
great! We had an excellent experience on Cathay Pacific there and back. (
read more details in the thread "domestic flights from Jakarta to
Sorong) We flew Aviastar airlines from Bali to LBJ and were picked up by
one of my all time favorite head stewards from the Komodo Dancer and the
former Paradise Dancer..Sebastian! He is a twin of Hendrich!!

We arrived on the beautiful Dewi Nusantara and spent the first day relaxing
and getting our gear ready. The Dewi is an amazing ship with a stellar
crew! The cruise director " Wendy Brown" is one of our all time
favorites! She is a witty, fun, no nonsense girl who LOVES diving and has
excellent eyes! Asst. Director , Yan Alifan, is an amazing diver that has
eagle eyes!
The dive team is rounded out with Andre and Risko who are also fantastic!!!
The rest of the crew is just wonderful including Hendrich, the head
steward, that remembers your every wish after the first day. All of the
guests were repeat customers except for 2 people. It was the 3rd time for a
lot of us! What does this tell you about the operation? A lot of us brought
gifts for Wendy and the crew with Wendy liking milk chocolate and the Vit.
C drink mixes from Costco and Yan liking jelly beans! The crew likes Dvd's
of action movies that they like to watch on long crossings. All of the crew
are hard working and very fun loving guys! The captain is a hands on guy
that was there to greet you after all of the dives and loved when you came
up to the wheel house where he freely shared his maps and information.
After each and EVERY dive you are given a hot towel and a wonderful back
massage! Fantastic! The camera room is large and the dive deck is MASSIVE!
We ate outside this time for every meal as the weather was awesome. You can
not beat the Indonesian sunrises and sunsets.

The first day of diving was at Gili Lawa Laut and the highlight dives of
the day were Shotgun where we had quite a ride and another highlight was
Spanish steps where we saw many spanish dancers , pgmy wolf octopus, saron
shrimp, and the usual suspects. Water temps for most of the day were 27.
The next day we were at Padar where we spotted many sea apples! We capped
off the day with a walk to Pink Beach which is always a crowd pleaser.
Water temps ranged from 22-24. Brrrr.

On Day 4 we started the day with an early morning and very exciting walk on
Rinca. I must say that we liked this walk a LOT better than our walk on
Komodo Island many years ago. The place was hopping with us spotting 12
dragons including a baby in a tree and a fight with 2 females. There were
many holes with eggs in them and one female got too close to a hole and was
attacked by another dragon. We had to get off of the trail several times so
the dragons could walk by us while we moved off into the trees! It was ,to
say the least, spectacular! The highlight of the diving for that day was
Sebayor with a wonderful night dive!

We then moved slowly on to Maumere and then Lembata Island. Here we macro
divers were in our glory with a dive site named "Sizzler." It
lived up to its name with lots of baby leaf fish, and the mother lode of
pipe fish with 12 on one dive! 

On day 8 we experienced a "HIGHLIGHT" of my lifetime while
viewing the Komba volcano erupt after the 3rd dive of the day. It was
SPECTACULAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We got there around 4 pm and it was erupting
around every 10-15 minutes. ( and I mean erupting!!!) As it got darker the
whole thing was glowing red and the rocks would roll down and hiss and give
a huge splash once they hit the water! It was better than any fire work
show that I have ever seen in my entire life! It was surreal to be sitting
there eating dinner while watching this thing explode over and over. My
best video was on my phone so I won't be able to post it here but the word
of the night was WOW..WOW..WOW!!!!!!!!! As we pulled away around 10pm it
gave off the loudest and most spectacular display of the whole day! What
more can I say? WOW!!!!!!!!!!!! Unreal!!!!!!!!!!!

On day 9 we moved to Kalabahi Alor. We did 4 dives on a site called Mucky
Mosque! We had one of our best night dives ever on this site seeing
everything from A to Z like bob tail squid, baby scorpion fish, baby
crocodile fish, 2 starry night octopus, snake eels etc. etc. The next day
we did the famous dives on Alor ( one called Clown Valley) where you see
the little kids with the wooden goggles and so many anemones of every color
in the rainbow that it blows your mind. Water temps were around 24.

We moved on to Wakatobi where the highlights were the dive site called
Roma( my favorite there) and our night dive on Pastels. Roma was so
beautiful with a formation called the Rose and a massive formation of
finger coral called the colosseum. What a wonderful dive! Loved it! The
night dive included crabs of all shapes , sizes and colors and the halimeda
ghost pipe fish as well as many other delightful creatures!

On the last dive day on our way to Bau Bau they just stopped the boat in
the early am so we could get in a dive and still have our 24 hours before
we flew. Yan and the guys took the tender over to the shore and checked it
out.They said it looked okay so we suited up and off we went. They had
NEVER been here before and there were no marked dive sites around so Wendy
hoped that we wouldn't have to name it "Never Again."Our little
group of 4 dropped in and immediately found a bommie with 3 beautiful green
leaf fish, 3 ghost pipe fish, many nudis etc. All in all we ended up seeing
schools of ghost pipe fish, juv. batfish, stone fish, all kinds and
varieties of nudis and flat worms, crocodile fish, rays, ribbon eels, a
turtle, demon stingers, flying gunnards, etc etc. It was
UNBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!! They had a naming contest and we came up with names
like "The Mother Lode", Treasure Trove, Thank Goodness, and
Dewi's Delight. What a spectacular dive to end the trip with. The Dewi is
an amazing LOB and you will not be disappointed if you book a trip on her.

We flew Lion Air to Bali.( again see details in that other post.) We were
promptly picked up and taken up to 
Scuba Seraya. We had amazing dives on the Liberty wreck, and stellar macro
dives on Seraya secrets seeing critters from A to Z including tiger shrimp,
tiger cowries, white ghost pipe fish everywhere, nudis everywhere of all
kinds and nudi eggs, all kinds of shrimps and crabs. I kid you not, one
crinoid must have had 30 squat lobsters or more in it of all sizes. It was
unreal. Our dive guide was Komang and he was awesome! Eagle eyes! Great
diver. The food was inexpensive and good, the service was excellent all
around. Loved our stay there! Peaceful. We ran into Guido ,who owns the
Dewi Nusantara , and spent some time with him. If you have not met him he
is hilarious and will entertain you all day long! Loved it!

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