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Dive Review of Dewi Nusantara in
Indonesia/Komodo

August, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Wood, WA, US
Contributor   (12 reports, with 4 Helpful votes)
"Komodo on Dewi Nusantara"
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Indonesia, Maldives, PNG, GBR, Philippines, Hawai'i
Closest Airport
Bima
Getting There
Get to Denpasar by int'l
carrier through Asia or middle
east; local prop. plane Wings
Air to Bima; then Maumere to
Denpasar at end of cruise

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
73   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
All dives approximately 60 minutes, enforced gently.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Comments
Roomy, plugs galore; compressed air.  Top notch camera space.
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
5 stars
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

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Beginners
3 stars   
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Comments  
After spending 4 days acclimating on Bali at Tauch Terminal diving the
wreck of the USAT Liberty (separate review), I overnighted in the
delightful Conrad Bali for only $150US (pre-paid) for my ocean-view room, a
$5 nearby massage and the Conrads famous breakfast buffet, with food for
every nationality and pallet.  I arrived at the terminal 3 hours early for
my domestic Wings Air flight from Denpasar to Bima, as I was paranoid from
my prior domestic terminal experience in Jakarta, where I arrived only 2
hours early and got on my plane 30 seconds before they closed the airplane
door.

To my delight, the Denpasar domestic terminal process was quick, easy and
painless.  My extra 30 kilos (only 10k allowed) of dive & photography
equipment, only cost me $35.  I had to check my camera gear, which made me
nervous, but it arrived OK. The domestic gate area was modern, decorated
with gardens and orchids, with a variety of nice local shops, coffee places
and sitting areas.  It was actually a pleasurable place.  My flight to Bima
was delayed an hour because of gate slot problems, but we had plenty of
time to make the boat.  I met up with the other westerners (no Americans;
English, English expats living in Singapore, Swiss, Polish) at the gate who
were to be on the Dewi, including Mark, an oceanographer/biologist who
works for Conservation International, who ended up giving us lectures and
deep insights into the fish life in the Komodo National Park dive area. 
While technically an American, hasnt lived in the U.S. in over 25 years,
and now resides in New Zealand.

Our flight was met by a Dewi crew member, Jan, who efficiently orchestrated
our luggage onto waiting vans for our 15 minute ride to the Dewi Nusantara
anchorage.  They loaded our gear into our skiff and took us to the boat
where I met Andrea, the cruise director, and two of my former dive guides
on the Dewi in Raja Ampat, Andre and Steven.  I was lucky as a single to be
assigned Cabin 6, mid-ship, with a king bed all to myself.  There were only
9 divers of 14 passengers, so t ...
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