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

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Daniel O. Benson, OR, USA
Report Number 1988
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
73   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
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
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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