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Dive Review of Dive Damai in

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Linda Rutherford & Ron Welf, CA, US
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Report Number 5835
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
various worldwide
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
In October 2010, we enjoyed an eleven night cruise from Komodo to Bali. We
had great diving, outstanding service and tasty meals. 

For nine passengers, there was a crew of nineteen. Some "cruise
directors" put their personal photography ahead of attending to
customers, but Mike Veitch did not. During dives, it was clear that Mike
kept an eye on customers. He is very experienced, informative, and modest.
He also has a nice sense of humor.

There a four large staterooms, that are double the size of cabins on most
boats. Ours had a king bed, shower, separate enclosed room with a toilet,
and two desks each with a chair. On a previous Damai trip in July, we had a
similar cabin, but with the addition of a bathtub. A smaller fifth cabin
went to our travel agent. 

The Komodo-Bali route was an excellent itinerary. The fish were diverse and
numerous. We saw turtles, sharks, trevally, barracuda, and muck diving
critters. Cannibal Rock had dense fish and critter life, including a fan
with three cute pygmy seahorses. We stayed an extra day here. And, mantas
were hanging out at Manta Alley.

On the dive deck, forward, each diver has a personal seat, storage locker,
and rinse tank for their camera. Shared dunk tanks for wetsuits and a
fresh-water shower are on deck. The inside camera room space works well and
provides adequate charging facilities. 

There were four Dive Masters for nine passengers. Typically, three would go
out for a dive, each assigned three passengers. They seemed to be putting
out an extra effort to show critters to night divers. With this type of
attention to divers underwater, you can feel comfortable bringing less
experienced divers with you on a trip.

Our cruise was all inclusive. Nitrox, soft drinks, beer, modest dinner
wine, laundry, massages, etc. were all included. So, there was no logging
each soft drink on a tab and no large bill at the end of the trip.

The trip was great in every way. Even the weather was perfect. Some cabins
have more engine noise than others, so if you are a light sleeper, ask your
travel agent about which cabin would be best.
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