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Dive Review of Dive Damai in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
Top Contributor   (42 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6703
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Galapagos, Indonesia
(Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo), Philippines, Red Sea, Southern Bahamas, St.
Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
25   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Don't do anything stupid  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 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  
N/A  
Comments
Damai 2 has the largest camera room of any live-aboard I have ever been on.
 Lots of room, even with everybody being photographers.  Individual rinse
tanks for everybody's cameras.  Crew very careful with camera gear.  It
doesn't get much better than this, even compared with shore-based
operations.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was my 3rd trip to Raja Ampat and 2nd there with Burt Jones in 3
years.  You might get the impression from this that I like the diving there
and that would be a correct impression.  I'd recommend Raja Ampat to anyone
who wants to see the best fish life and corals in the world.  (I'll refer
you to last year's report to avoid saying the same things again.)  Last
year I was on the Seven Seas with Burt and Maurine and this year it was the
Damai 2 with Burt.  Going with Burt (and Maurine) gets you the expertise of
the folks who wrote the books on diving this area and the site selection
can't be beat.  The Seven Seas was a great boat, but the Damai 2 takes
live-aboard diving to a whole new level.  The cabins are large, the camera
room rivals that of a shore-based operation, the crew is outstanding, etc.
etc.  My only minor complaint is that the food is better on the Damai 1. 
What I want to focus this report on is the weather.  My previous trips were
in April and May and the weather was wonderful.  This trip was in March
and, while the rainy season was supposed to be over, it rained constantly. 
This resulted in much lower visibility than I was used to and made getting
up in the morning and trying to put on a soaking wet wetsuit in the pouring
down rain down right unpleasant.  So, if you're going to make the
investment in time, money, and the ordeal of getting there I'd advise
avoiding the rainy season, but definitely go and you won't be disappointed.
 
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