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Dive Review of Kararu in

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by David Shem-Tov, NA, United Kingdom
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 1730
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cocos, Galapagos, Palau, Truk, French Polynesia, Maldives, Red Sea,
Mediterranean, UK, Norway, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
24   to 30    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
6   to 40    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Asked to stay out of deco and not to "suck their tanks dry". 
Solo diving allowed.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 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  
Plenty of space, plenty of power outlets 110v-220v.  Crew handled cameras
well.  A nice touch:  lens recommendations were given prior to every dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
"Only on the Kararu!" crowed Tony Rhodes whenever the exceptional
happened, was sighted, or experienced.  And there was plenty of that on
this trip.

Tony is one of the three directors of Kararu Dive Voyages, and he was
aboard for this Komodo trip.  Energetic and enthusiastic, Tony infected all
of us - his excellent crew and the full boatload of passengers with his
passion for some of the best coral and critter diving on this planet.  

This was a large boat.  Even though this was a full trip, sponsored by Bret
Gilliam's FATHOMS magazine, one could always find a place to be alone -
important on an 11 night trip.  In fact, one of the best features of the
boat is the generous outdoor space, which is much more enjoyable to dine
and lounge in than the salon.  Kararu operates what probably is the most
comfortable liveaboard on the Komodo run.  (We were moored next to the
Pindito and the Komodo Dancer during this trip - both considerably smaller
lacking a lot of the outdoor space of our boat.)  The dive guides, cruise
directors and boat crew are superb.  The food was varied, plentiful and of
high quality.  This operation one of the best I have experienced.  Highly
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