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Dive Review of Kararu/Cheng Ho in
Indonesia/Ambon to Raja Ampat

Kararu/Cheng Ho, Nov, 2007,

by Jim Jenkins, CA, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3757.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, California, Cocos, Galapagos, Hawaii, Fiji, Truk, Palau, Solomons, PNG (Milne Bay, Port Moresby, Kavieng, Lousiades, Madang, Wewak, Manus/Hermit/Ninigo Islands), Malaysia, Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Adequate working space, but exposed to rain and saltwater from divers. Charging done indoors; plenty of space. Steve Fish, resident videographer, did a very professional job on the boat video and was a great help to the other photographers and videographers. A real plus!

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is a HUGE boat. There is lots of space for sunning, sitting outdoors, indoors and even a cabin devoted to TV (DVD) and books. The boat is very attractive and was very stable in our calm seas. The crew were great, the reefs some of the best I've seen, and the water was warm.

Our itinerary, Ambon to Misol (southern most of the Raja Ampat Is.) included muck dives, great vis. around Ambon, and less vis but abundant life around Misol. Very few sharks and rays, but many large schools of fish, large groupers, and abundant reef fish.

I definitely would recommend the itinerary, outfit, crew and boat with a few, relatively minor, reservations: we had 21 guests plus up to 4 dive guides and the videographer for 25 divers on 3 skiffs. At about half the sites, we were dropped far enough apart that this had little effect; however, at many sites two or even three groups ended up on top of each other. Other issues are being handled next maintenance cycle.
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