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Dive Review of Dive Damai/Damai I in
Indonesia/Banda Sea

October, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Rickie Sterne/Chris Button, AR, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
"adventures in the eastern Banda Sea"
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Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas,Bay Islands,Belize,Bonaire,Caymans,Cozumel,Turks&Caicos,Sea of
Cortez,GBR,Fiji,Truk,Yap,Palau, other areas of Indonesia
Closest Airport
Ambon for this
Getting There
Denpasar-Surabaya-Ambon on
Garuda;pretty direct &
easy thanks to Reef &

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
75   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
dive safely; dive guides stayed down as long as we wanted to and as long as
we had air  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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  5 stars
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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     The Damai I has a dedicated camera room with twelve work stations. 
Both 110 and 220 plugs are available.  Towels were provided, and whe
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     Our two-week cruise aboard the lovely Damai I took us to only three
sites we had visited on a previous, "classic" Banda Sea trip.  We
boarded the boat in Ambon. Three dives were offered in Ambon Bay that day. 
We thought a Rhinopias, a blue ringed octopus, and a coconut octopus
carrying eggs constituted a good start to any dive trip. 
     The Damai I can carry twelve divers, but only seven were on board for
our cruise.  Our more-or-less English-speaking group consisted of two
Californians, two northern Brits, an Aussie, and us two Arkansans.  Due to
the small number of divers, each couple enjoyed a private dive guide during
the entire trip.  The Aussie woman, a fairly new diver, was assigned a
permanent guide to herself.  The other three excellent guides rotated among
the couples.
     The dive deck on the Damai is the most spacious in the world.  Each
dive station is separated from its neighbor by a small private rinse tank. 
In addition to giving divers elbow room, the individual rinse tanks
protects camera ports and means that divers can rinse their masks without
concern for infection control.  All diving is done from tenders.  The crew
carried our gear and our cameras to and from the tender boats, which are
entered via a ladder on the starboard side.  Gear was handled very
carefully, and no diver reported any gear or camera damage.  The tenders
have  holes for tanks and no gunnels. The usual entry was by backroll, but
the dive guide and tender driver were happy for me to don my gear in the
water.  The very stable ladders are at the stern of the tender, making it
easy to climb out of the water under gear.  Most divers, however, chose to
hand their gear up before exiting the water.  Tender drivers stay on the
dive site during the dives.  Another indication of the Damai's concern for
diver safety is that each dive guide carries an EPIRB device.  We were
served water on the dive deck before we entered the tenders, and we were
welcomed back with hot cocoa.  The crew rinsed our neoprene in some sort of
cleaner after each dive and hung it to dry.  When we came on deck for the
next dive, we found our wetsuits and rash guards neatly folded at our dive
stations.  Each dive station is assigned the name of a fish or critter and
has a specific towel embroidered with that critter for drying o
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By Davison at Nov 19, 2014 13:22 EST  
Perhaps our full review of the Damai led them to make a few changes.

                                     Ben Davison
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