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

August, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by John Sommerer, MD, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
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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

sunny, rainy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
"We are going to treat you like adults."  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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Excellent camera room, each guest has own rinse tank, crew very careful and
helpful with your camera gear. C ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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4 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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2 stars   
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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  ...
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