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Dive Review of Dive Damai/Damai I in
Indonesia/Cendrawasih Bay

Dive Damai/Damai I, Aug, 2013,

by John Sommerer, MD, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7137 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Costa Rica, GBR, Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Micronesia, New Zealand, PNG, Polynesia, Revillagigedos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions "We are going to treat you like adults."
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
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 5 stars
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UW Photo Comments Excellent camera room, each guest has own rinse tank, crew very careful and helpful with your camera gear. C ... 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
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Beginners 2 stars
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Comments Fabulous! Two week trip starting in Biak, ending in Manokwari. All the main sites in Cendrawasih Bay noted in _Diving Indonesia's Birds Head Seascape_ by Jones and Shimlock, plus a trip north to Mapia Atoll, as well as some new sites with WWII wreckage. Mapia was exploration, and while it led to a rather rough night's travel back south, it was diving like I haven't seen in years. Grouper in unbelievable numbers, from tiny to huge, giant schools of barracuda (I finally had the 360 degree surround vortex of big chevron 'cuda) and jacks, big rays, a few sharks, etc. Some of the diving in Cendrawasih was "average" with little potential for wide angle, and rather shy fish for portraiture (of course, some of those fish are endemics you won't see anywhere else, and the cruise directors made sure you knew where to look for them). And then, of course, there are the whale sharks under the bagans in Kwatisore Bay. For two and a half days, we had at least four whale sharks at a time, and an open dive deck. Several mornings, there ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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