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Dive Review of Dive Damai in
Indonesia/Sorong to Ambon

Dive Damai, Sep, 2012,

by linda rutherford, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 6777 has 1 Helpful vote.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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