Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Dewi Nusantara in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

November, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
Top Contributor   (42 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
"Raja Ampat in November"
Report Number 7928
Subscribers: Submit Your Reader Report Here
Subscriber Content Preview
Active subscribers go here
Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.
Subscribe Now
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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
For Subscribers Only    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
For Subscribers Only    
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
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 843 dive reviews of Indonesia and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Other dive reports on Dewi Nusantara

All Indonesia Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to Indonesia
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Wallacea Dive Cruise -- Indonesia
Wallacea Dive Cruise
Dive liveaboard operator in Indonesia with the MV Ambai and other chartered vessels : Raja Ampat, Komodo, and other destinations.
Scuba Dive Asia -- The Dive Travel Experts
SCUBA DIVE ASIA - The Dive Travel Experts
for Asia, Pacific & Africa. Dive vacations for individuals, groups, photo clubs & dive centers.

Want to assemble your own collection of Indonesia reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.


Want to get more articles like these and
other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email?
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update, and a sample issue!


NEW! Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2016 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.