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Dive Review of Kararu Tours on Sea Safari III in
Indonesia/Komodo Islands

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Bill Lord Butcher, ca, US
Report Number 1936
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Been everywhere, over 1500 dives worldwide, certified 1976 been active
diver ever since.
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
23   to 32    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Only no diving afer drinking  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
1 stars    
Described as perhaps the best diving in the world in Undercurrent a couple
of years ago, and it may have been then, this was a major disappointment. 
The dive planning was dreadful, with fixed times for an area with heavy
currents--meaning that instead of planning the dives to the times when dive
sites should be visited they were 7:30 AM, 10:30 AM, 2:30 PM and 6 PM
REGARDLESS OF WHEN the sites were at their best or, in some cases, even
diveable.  One dive was near live threatening in current, my buddy and I
aborted that one and three others as just being miserable.  The sites
themselves, on the days and times when the conditions happened to meet the
fixed dive times, ranged from poor to good, but never great.  The boat
itself was in poor condition, with heads and water pipes breaking in
staterooms and elsewhere regularly, including the engine which needed parts
and tools flown in and caused an day long wait.  The dive master said the
company has ten boats and saves money my having one set of tools to share
among them--an interesting plan when the boat is as much as three days
travel time from the parts!  Perhaps the worst was anchoring in a raging
current with three large rocks close and directly behind the boat in the
middle of a wide channel.  Had the anchor failed the boat would still be on
those rocks without doubt...and the anchor did fail the very next day,
luckily in a place where it was safe to lose the anchor.  The food was near
tasteless.  My wife went to the galley to try and cook something tasty and
had some success for two meals (and the galley staff welcomed her and
helped her,) but she said it was dirty and she was uncomfortable cooking in
it. At least one passenger reported being ill from what she was certain was
spoiled food.  It is the only live aboard I have been on that had no fruit,
snacks, or anything else other than coffee and tea available 24/7.  Lindsay
the dive master and his wife were nice but seemed very inexperieced and
either locked into a company policy on dive times and sites or in over
their heads or both.  Three day dives was the limit, which is enough for me
but several passengers commented and I agree that four could have easily
been planned.  At no time were we anywhere near  decompression limits on
our computers.  The one good thing was the very experieced and lovely
people who shared the trip, the best group with whom I have ever shared a
trip.  Not one of whom spoke of anything but disappointment in the trip,
boat and dive planning.  The good part of the complaints is that this well
educated and experieced group articulated their gripes in creative and
colorful words and stories!
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