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

Kararu/Cheng Ho, Feb, 2008,

by Lauren Greider, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4407.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Solomon Islands, PNG, Australia, Fiji, Palau, Hawaii, Caymans
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Still do E-6 processing! Photo pro, Steve, onboard which was greatly appreciated. He provided my digital husband with help with his computer files. We had many photographers on our trip with multiple cameras and it was great.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We had a great trip run by Kerri and Hergen. We enjoyed diving also with Pete, Christine, Bawa, and Nyoman. The trip was extremely well planned. The crew checked the sites before each dive. We never missed anything or were dropped against currents. We really loved that the boat had a photo pro and did E-6 processing. We were able to predict which lenses to use on our dives. This was a tail of a Chris Newbert trip and he was onboard which was great. I scored some very good lessons on wide angle photography. The soft corals and schooling fish are just beautiful. We didn't see many reef shark but saw our first and many wobegone sharks. Ambon had in one dive, Mandarin fish, sea horses, koman shrimp, zebra crabs, frog fish, stone fish, octopi, flamboyant cuttle fish, and snowflake morays everywhere. The soft corals growing on the roots of the mangroves in Misool where beautiful. Night dives weren't as exciting as Komodo but were ok with a fair amount of critters. The boat and salon were very comfortable. We're returning this fall!
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