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

Kararu Dive Voyages/Cheng Ho, Aug, 2007,

by Steven Levin, VA, United States . Report 3524.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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