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Dive Review of Kararu Dive Voyages/Cheng Ho in
Indonesia/Komodo/Rinca

August, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Levin, VA, United States
Report Number 3524
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Carribean, Asia-Pacific, South Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
75   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
35   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile. Solo diving allowed.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 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
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Charging stations inside of the main salon but that area was not suitable
for camera setup or maintenance.  Area adjacent to dive deck exposed to
elements at all times and was defined as a "wet" area to include
the cabinet storage.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
Good.  Diving in the Komodo and Rinca area offers a good range of
underwater environments.  The boat has lots of space in the salon and in
public areas.  Some cabins are large but not all.

Bad. The boat is advertised as a luxury boat and it is not. The boat's all
wood structure makes it very noisy.  The toilet/shower area was smelly and
moldy.  No lighting in cabin over basins or desk. Hot water was not
available most of the time.  Compressors on front of boat and when running
exhaust drifts over the entire boat.  Dinghy loading area adjacent to boats
engine exhausts.  Food is marginal.  Hot breakfast cooked hours before
served.  When an item of food ran out it was not refilled. 
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