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

November, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Jenkins, CA, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 3757
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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

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
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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