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Dive Review of Kararu Dive Voyages/Sea Safari III in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat (Papua Indonesia)

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by William Deertz, Kuningan, Indonesia
Report Number 1682
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Throughout Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Australia, Maldives, USA, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
25   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Normal safe diving, solo diving was allowed/actually encouraged as most
divers were photographers  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ample space for charging batteries, also ample space for setting up
cameras.  The crew did an excellent job of loading your equipment on the
boat and rinsing after the dives
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was my second trip on the Sea Safari III (first trip being May 2003
Bali to Komodo).  The ship has been well maintained and most of the crew
were the same.  We missed one full day of diving (I don't count the muck
diving which was offered in Sorong as this was mediocre at best) due to a
group of 6 divers joining that missed their flight (it was never explained
if this was due to airline cancellation or otherwise).  Due to this
situation we spent the first day in Sorong waiting for this group to arrive
on the next days flight.  I overheard several others on the trip complain
of the delay.  No compensation was offered for the missed day of diving
(also the Nitrox fee was not discounted from the 11 day rate).  Not to be
critical but this is unacceptable to cause the other 9 divers onboard to
miss diving due to another group being delayed.  It would have been
preferable for the ship to leave for the first dive destination and the
delayed group to catch up using alternative travel arrangements (ie. via a
speed boat at their own expense).

Food was excellent, pre-morning dive consisted of continental breakfast,
after the morning dive full break to order was available.  After the first
couple of days lunches were various creations from the previous nights
dinner, but were creatively done. Every night was a different theme
(Japanese, Indian, Indonesian, Greek, Italian, BBQ, etc)

The previous expatriate dive guides/cruise directors (Karl/Linda) were
completing their final trips after having been with Kararu for the past
2.5+ years.  Their replacements (Robertus/Ogla) were still learning the
operations but were very good.  They were complimented by two local dive
guides (Seno/Agus).  All dive guides were very experienced and helpful in
pointing out critters.  My only comment relates to the fact that on some
dive sites it didn't appear they knew the sites very well.  I guess this
can be chalked up to this being partially exploratory diving. When I
compare it to the trip to Komodo when on any particular dive they could
take you to the exact spot that certain critters could be located.  I guess
this was because they had dived these sites so many times.

Overall was pleased with the trip.  The reefs were pristine (very nice wall
diving) and in very good condition.  The southern dive sites didn't have as
many critters and the visibility was generally poorer compared to the more
northern sites we went to.  Other than 1 or 2 sites not as many pelagics as
I expected considering the remoteness.
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