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Dive Review of Dewi Nusantara in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Dewi Nusantara: "Raja Ampat in November", Nov, 2014,

by David E Reubush, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 47 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 7928.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Galapagos, Indonesia (Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Banda Sea), Philippines, Red Sea, Southern Bahamas, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There LONG flight to Bali (DPS), spend night, next day connect to Sorong through Makassar. This trip we had to spend the night in Makassar. Have heard that you can now make the trip in one day.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 81 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time limit 60 minutes. Don't go into deco, don't empty the tank. (Nobody checked.)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments A relatively small rinse tank on the boat for the number of photographers which resulted in your camera just getting dunked when brought back on the boat and then placed ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments This was my 4th trip to Raja Ampat, but the first in the Northern Hemisphere fall. I found the conditions somewhat different from that in the spring (March, April, & May). In the spring I generally found clear water with currents at only a few sites. On this trip I generally found what I will call murky water with lots of currents at most sites. While some of the difference may be due to site selection (We had a lot of wide-angle photographers who wanted to shoot massive schools of fish.) a number of the sites were the same as I had dived before with clear water and no currents. What the currents and murky water did give us was the massive schools of chevron barracuda, jacks, fusiliers, batfish, bump heads etc. that the wide-angle folks were looking for as there was lots of food in the water. The trip was split about evenly between sites in the South and sites in the North. The notation below of squadrons of mantas is a bit misleading as the choice was (1 or 2) or squadrons. At Magic Mountain in the South we saw 2 huge oceanic mantas which let us get very close while they were being cleaned. At Manta Sandy in the North we also saw 2 mantas being cleaned, but the water there was much murkier than I had ever experienced bef ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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