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Dive Review of Dive Damai in
Indonesia/Sorong to Ambon

September, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by linda rutherford, CA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
various worldwide
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
currents  
Water Temp
79   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
no unusual restrictions  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or  
Mantas
1 or  
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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
Individual rinse tanks for each divers camera. Large outdoor counter for
camera drying. Large indoor camera room with electrical outlets for
charging. Shelving below for storing cameras safely during ocean passages. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This September we took our fourth trip on the Damai I, and we are happy to
report that the boat and the service are still top-notch. Cabins are large,
the camera room is convenient, meals are served and cooked to order, gear
is completely handled for you, and dive guides are close by your side if
you want them.

There are no buffet meals, no carrying your own tanks, no hassles.
Everything thing is worry-free. Each diver has his own camera rinse tank
and storage locker next to his tank. BCs, fins and tanks are carried for
you to the dive dinghy. The dinghy is hard-sided with seating designed for
tanks.  The dinghy ladder has a sufficient number of wide wooden steps, so
surfacing from a dive is easy. (Why dont all dive dinghies have this?) 

The ratio of dive guides to divers is very good. My husband and I always
had our own guide. The Damai crew has sufficient dive guides, that they can
let guides rest, and alternate in fresh guides. 

Their assignment of dive guides to small groups of two or possibly three
guests, makes it good for beginning divers, nervous divers, handicapped
divers, or for anyone who would like a guide to point out something they
might not see.

Back on the mother ship, the crew takes your wetsuit, hood, vest, etc.,
wash it in sudsy water and hang it to dry. Hot tea or your beverage of
choice is waiting for you. When you return for the next dive, your wetsuit
& stuff has been retrieved, turned right side out, and folded and
stacked neatly for you at your dive station. You dont have to hunt for
your wetsuit and turn it right side out. This leaves more time to fiddle
with your camera and makes repetitive diving less work.

This was our third trip on the boat with cruise director Mike Veitch.
Knowing the Indonesian waters as well as he does, he was able to adapt the
diving to suit the weather and currents. When arriving at a new dive site,
a dive guide took the dinghy out on a reconnaissance mission to a site to
check the current, before guests donned their wetsuits. That way, if the
dive site needed to be changed, or the boat needed to be moved, it could be
done ahead of time. 

Mike has left full-time work on the Damai to start his own photography
workshops based in Bali, but he is also doing charter programs on the Damai
and other boats. More information about Mikes programs can be found at
underwatertribe.com.

The food is delicious. Elegant napkin-folding designs greet hungry divers.
A waiter checks the menu with you earlier in the day and takes any changes
or special requests you may have. If you dont eat fish, for example,
something else will be prepared at your request. I usually requested a half
portion at each meal, since the portions were too big for me. 

In short, I highly recommend the Damai I. I know the Damai II is really
coolIve been aboard briefly. But I still love the Damai I.
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