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Dive Review of Kararu/MV Voyager in
Indonesia/Bali to Komodo

June, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Lauren Greider, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 2558
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Solomon Islands, Thailand, PNG, Coral Sea, Fiji, Rangiroa, Sulawesi
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
75   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Please avoid decompression dives  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The camera area had cabinets with work surfaces above them.  There were 110
and 220 volt outlets on all of the work stations.  Normally the boat has
E-6 processing but the crew that process were off my trip.  There were two
large dunk tanks on the main boat.  The crew was very careful with our
cameras on the tender boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The boat is industrial looking on the exterior but very comfortable and
stable.  My room was very spacious with slate floors and granite counters
in the bathroom.  Each room has individual air conditioning units and
controls and they worked well.  I glanced into several other rooms (future
trip planning) and they all looked very nice. All had individual bathrooms
with the exception of the two single rooms that shared a very good sized
one.  There were some cockroaches onboard but they are working on getting
rid of them.  The dive deck was large and had individual storage under the
tanks.  We dove from tender boats.

The food was very good and well prepared.  Each evening was a different
theme.  It was occasionally too spicy for me, but the other guests were
fine with it.  They were great about special diets and alternate foods
also.  Bottled water was available in the lounge and upper deck for small
water bottle refills.  This was very nice.

The dive guides are wonderful and probably the best any of us have had the
pleasure to dive with.  They know the area very well and know how to look
for interesting critters.  They also did a good job spreading us out so we
weren't all waiting to photograph the same subject.  I told one of the
guides that I really wanted to photograph a nurse shark and he found me one
sleeping under a large table coral!  Sasha, the boat owner was onboard
andjoined us on some of the dives.  He was very enthusiastic and fun to be

We dove Lombok Island where the visibility wasn't great but the critters
were.  Our first dive we dropped in on a Caledonian stinger!  We dove
around Sumbawa Island (with short land excursion to a salt water lake),
Sangeand Island, Komodo, Rinca, Sumbawa again, and one day around Bali. 
The water was about 81 degrees everywhere but Komodo and Rinca where the
water was colder and about 75.  I was grateful to have brought a 3 mm and a
5 mm wetsuit and a hood. 

The water had a good deal of life and diversity but also remarkably good
visibility most sites.  Throughout the 10 days of diving I saw stone fish,
scorpion fish, jaw fish with eggs in his mouth, small octopus, long arm
octopus, moray eels, blue and black ribbon eels, banded pipe fish,
dragonets, star gazers, ornate ghost pipe fish (many), anenome fish and
crabs, boxer crabs, zebra crabs on fire urchins, large and small frog fish,
leaf scorpion fish, squat lobster, cuttlefish, pygmy sea horses, small
cowries, oranatang crabs, stacks of fish, gardens of corals, many different
shrimp, torpedo rays, bobtail squid, flat worms, turtles, several white tip
sharks, sting rays, lion fish, bat fish, and many very beautiful
nudibranchs too numerous to name.  We would look through the nudibranch
book after the dives trying to identify what we saw, chromodoris,
nembrotha, glossodoris, berthella, flabellina, phyllodesmium and others.
The fish seemed very relaxed around divers because most of us were
photographing critters.

We took a beautiful ranger lead walk on Komodo Island.  We saw one lazy
Komodo dragon behind the ranger station cafeteria.  He posed for us with
our cameras without incident!  In Horseshoe Bay on Rinca we could see
monkies on the beach in the morning and the Komodo dragons in the
afternoon.  We went to shore one afternoon and actually saw two of the
dragons mating!

Overall it was a wonderful trip and I will go again.
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