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Dive Review of Dewi Nusantara in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

November, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
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"Raja Ampat in November"
Report Number 7928
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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
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

sunny, dry  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time limit 60 minutes.  Don't go into deco, don't empty the tank.  (Nobody
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 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):
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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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 ...
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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2 stars   
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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 ...
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