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Dive Review of Dive Damai in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

April, 2016, an Instant Reader Report by Chris Watt, MA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
"Raja Ampat - fantastic trip aboard Dama 1"
Report Number 8884 has 1 Helpful vote
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
New England, FL Keys, St. Lawrence River, Red Sea, Maldives, Italy,
UK/English Channel, Turks & Caicos, St. Vincent, Roatan, Costa Rica,
Belize, Hawaii, Bermuda
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None imposed  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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  5 stars
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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This was our first trip to Indonesia, split into 6 days at Lembeh Resort,
followed by a 1 week Raja Ampat liveaboard on Damai.  What a great trip. 
Since we had never been to Indo before, we enlisted the help of Jenny
Collister at Reef & Rainforest, who in addition to our own research was
incredibly helpful in helping us evaluate options and then putting it all
together = Lembeh, Damai, international flights, indo flights  very
seamless. Loved the experience on Singapore Airlines and Garuda Indonesia 
both have great service.  Also good to note that Garuda has re-instituted
their additional free luggage allowance for scuba gear as of April 2016!

Our 1 week Damai itinerary was Sorong-Sorong, with time spent in the south
in Misool, and then looping gradually back north to the Dampier Straight

The experience in Raja Ampat on Damai 1 was fantastic =
beautiful/comfortable boat, great cruise directors, great crew, great food,
fantastic diving.  Damai carries 12 passengers, which during our trip was
my buddy and I plus a group of 10 fun-loving Singaporeans.  Although there
was a wide range of diving experience levels on the boat, the low
DM/passenger ratio (4:1) kept this manageable.  We were in cabin 1, just
downstairs from the main salon.  This cabin was configured with 2
comfortable single beds and featured tons of in-room storage, with 2
under-bed drawers, a full size closet (with safe), a night stand (with
drawer) between the beds and a full size desk with 2 drawers in the
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