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Dive Review of Karuru in
Indonesia/Lomboc, Komodo, Flores

Karuru, Sep, 2004,

by Daniel O. Benson, OR, USA . Report 1988.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Papua New Guinea, Sulawesi, Lembei Straights, Fijii, Hawaii, Bonaire, Curacao, Bahamas,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 73 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Outstanding with ample room for camera set up. Limited 110 v access to recharge strobe batteries, computers, etc.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Sea Safari III is an older, wooden boat 115' long and 30' wide. It is very stable and cruises at a leisurely 7 knots. This makes traveling to and from dive sites slow. It handles a maximum of 18 passengers. Rooms are adequate and clean. Late nights are quiet but during other hours, slamming doors and loud voices are not easily overlooked. Food is served family style and a variety of cuisine is served. Meals are usually on a windy deck. If your hair can't be tied back or isn't really short, make sure you bring a hat or scarf to keep the blowing hair out of your eyes. It will make or break your dining experience!
The staff is fun, friendly, helpful and competent.
This particular trip went from Bali to Flores, although other itineraries are offered. They attempt to show you the best Indonesia has to offer. Dive sites are on both the North and South side of the Indonesian Archipelago.
Water temperature on the south side of the Indonesian Archipelago is 70-73. This surprised me since it's so close to the equator. Currents bring deep, nutrient rich, cold water to the surface. There is more plankton, which limits visibility. Of course, these same currents nourish the astounding array of marine life that there is to see. The north side of the Archipelago is much warmer with water temperatures around 83 degrees.
I dove in a 3-4-5 mm suit the entire trip but a heavier suit would have been nice (my wife used a 7 mm in the colder water and was happy as an Indonesian clam)! A hood is very helpful here for warmth and to prevent ear infections from plankton.
As far as currents are concerned, anything goes here. Currents are unpredictable, and may rip at times. Hooks are optional. Solo blue water diving is always a potential outcome, regardless of the best-laid dive plans and divers experience. It is a good idea to know how to use your safety sausage although tender boat captains keep close tabs on divers. Consider doing some river diving to get prepared for the strong currents!
Diving is done off the small tenders. You do a back roll entry, trying not to hit your head on the diver next to you! Then climb a ladder on the side of the tender to get back.
Komodo National Park has a prehistoric feel. Yes, these animals are wild and DO charge people. DO NOT separate from the group. From experience, I will tell you that running incites their prey instinct!!

BE VERY WARY about shopping in Bali. Prices for the sucker tourists are greatly inflated. We had a taxi driver take us to the "best quality" places. After about the second shop we caught on that these were the shops with the best commission for him!
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