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Dive Review of Kararu Dive Voyages in
Indonesia/Maumere to Ambon

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by John McConn, OH, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5918
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Carribean, New Guinea, Hawaii, Galapagos, Truk, Palau, Fiji
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Solo diving, no restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Several cameras/ equipment were damaged because of poor storage facilities
on the Sea Safari VII.  A shelf of less than 12" wide was used for
camera storage along the port exterior.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
This boat was not the boat we were expecting.  Shortly before we left for
the trip, Undercurrent reported on the fallout between Kararu and the
company that was to provide the contracted boat. The Sea Safari VII was
substituted at the last minute, literally the crew had less than 7 days to
retrofit the boat for diving and the ocean voyage.  Prior to arrival, it
was reported y the crew that there were no dive tank racks, airfill system
or sufficient berths and beds to accomodate the guests. Doubling up of
guests was required, even though single room accomdations were paid for.

One of the crew indicated that the boat was previously used as a harbor
sailing ship for day tourists.

The boat constantly leaked water through the ceilings of most
"state" rooms.  Mine had  permanent bucket nailed to the ceiling
rafter and a temporary plastic sheet to catch more water from an additional
leak.  The mold smell permeated the lower deck.

During the crossing of the open water of the Banda Sea, portholes leaked as
as the boat pitched and rocked.  Kitchen contents and dining room tables
and chais were strewn about. The tables were not anchored to the floor. 
One row of customer's scuba equipment on a hastily built rack was torn from
it's mounting and extra tanks were rolling on the deck.  At least one room
contents were totally drenched.

The crew worked hard to fix the problems and they were disgusted with the
situation as much as the guests were.

The Kararu operator offered no explanation or apology.  They made only one
concession, free nitrox for the week.
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