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Dive Review of Dive Asia Pacific M/Y Pelagian in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Janet Czapski, MI, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2030
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Australia, PNG, Malaysia, Fiji, Micronesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, surge, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving allowed, 130' maximum depth  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Very large camera room for storage/lens changing.  Large camera rinse tank
on the back deck.  Very little camera storage on the tenders but the crew's
handling of cameras was excellent.  Dual voltage plugs were available in
the camera room.  No facilities for digital users to view images or burn
CD's or DVD's without bringing their own.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
This area is touted as being the bed of marine biodiversity.  We enjoyed
our diving in the Raja area but found it not living up to the expectations.
 There were lots of fish but they were VERY small; the large schools that
were expected in the areas of strong currents did not appear so the efforts
expended seemed less worthwhile.  The hard/soft corals and seafans were
huge and showed no previous diver impact.  Vis in the area where wide angle
shooting would have been preferred was pretty poor.

Due to weather conditions at the time of boarding, we were confined to the
more northern islands in the region.  The more southern areas are known for
more prolific macro life so those seeking macro photo opportunities were a
little more disappointed, but we did see lots of various nudibranchs,
pipefish, mantis shrimp and other invertebrates.

Pelagic sightings were pretty much nil.  

This group had done this boat before in Bali/Komodo and overall the
impression was that the diving was tremendously better in that region than
the Raja Ampat area.

The boat has since been sold to the Wakatobi group for diving in the waters
south of Wakatobi.
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