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Dive Review of Dewi Nusantara in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

December, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Jeremy Cohen, IL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
"Raja Ampat Beyond the Hype"
Report Number 8098 has 6 Helpful votes
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
South Pacific, Central Pacific, Eastern Pacific, Sea of Cortez, Red Sea,
Indian Ocean, Gulf of Oman, Socorro, Puget Sound, California Channel
Islands, Galapagos, Indian Ocean, Caribbean, Western Atlantic
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
85   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Surface within 60 minutes. Safety stop for three minutes.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
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  5 stars
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Well equipped dry camera room, 110-240 volt charging (no adapters
required), a little cramped with a full compliment of phot
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Value for $$
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3 stars   
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Eleven nights aboard the Dewi (pronounced, Day-We) Nusantara.  There is so
much hype these days about dive locales and boats. Catherine and I hoped
only for a good boat and good diving. Dewi Nusantara and Raja Ampat far
exceeded our expectations.   

Acres  literally acres  of healthy, thriving coral gardens supported an
inspiring diversity of fish, creatures, soft and hard corals, and sponges
in quantities and colors that created an emotional high. Surfacing from a
night dive on Christmas Eve that included a bashful (use your red focus
light) walking shark offered up an stunning star-lit sky. A morning of muck
diving off of Batanta Island will not disappoint - neither the quantity of
critters nor the tropical aroma carried on the breeze from the heavily
forested Batanta.  

A half dozen mantas danced for us, or rather, despite our presence, for an
hour at Manta Sandy, a shallow cleaning station reef. There was  no
chumming, no flood lights lights, just the satisfaction of a natural ocean
encounter  in a region that justifiably claims to have the highest marine
biodiversity in the world. The trip is a photographers dream, though just
as importantly, leaving the camera on board for a dive or two and allowing
ourselves to immerse ourselves in the moment was a wonderful reminder of
what diving and travel are all about.  

The dive guides are pros with very sharp eyes.  Pigmy seahorses and ghost
pipefish become the norm. We saw several octopi. Dive groups are limited to
four or five ...
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By Blakerunner at Jul 29, 2015 14:05 EST  
Thank you for this beautifully written, exceptionally helpful review.
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