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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 (7 reports)
Report Number 3757

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Reporter
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, California, Cocos, Galapagos, Hawaii, Fiji, Truk, Palau,
Solomon’s, PNG (Milne Bay, Port Moresby, Kavieng, Lousiades, Madang, Wewak,
Manus/Hermit/Ninigo Islands), Malaysia, Indonesia

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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