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Dive Review of MSY Seahorse in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

December, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Lambert, CA, United States (1 report)
Report Number 4645
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bali, Fiji, Honduras, Florida, Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean,Cayman Is., Komodo
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Once our experience and competence were deemed reasonable we dove our own
profiles pretty much without restrictions  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 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  
Comments
Dry room with charging stations and a large set up table on the dive deck.
Special bags for each diver's camera. All camera gear was carefully handled
at all times.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
I have been in Indonesia during the wet season(Feb/Mar) and had experienced
some unrelenting rain day after day. I was prepared for rain. To our
surprise the weather was very nice. Though we had a couple of days of rain
during our 3 weeks we had at least a full week of total sunshine. The
temperatures also were very moderate and hovered in the high 70s to low
80s. The LOB was really wonderful. I have no complaints at all. They were
very open to our desires for diving sites, times and frequency. There was
of course a plan and a schedule, which started in the Kri area for three
days, then to Misool for 5 days and a return to Kri for the last dives on
Manta Rock. The diving was all from a comfortable aluminum skiff or an
inflatable. The skiff was much roomier and easier to don equipment. We did
3-4 dives daily. As we all opted out of night diving we often did a late
afternoon dive for our 4th dive.I preferred the diving in Kri to the Misool
area. You see a lot more fish on Sardine Reef (Kri) on one dive than you do
in a week of Caribbean diving. The size and variety of the fish schools was
something I have never encountered. We did see pelagics; white tips, tuna,
mackerel, turtles, wahoo, barracudas, a marlin, and a parade of mantas for
hours.We didn't see lots of sharks but we did see more than one or two. The
diving in the Misool area is much different. We saw few big fish but it is
a macro photographer's heaven. The soft coral, gorgonians and macro
critters are plentiful and spectacular. You will get your fill of pygmy sea
horses, nudibranchs, woebegones, etc. The water visibility is not great in
either Kri or Misool averaging about 50 feet at best. There are some
ripping currents as well, but not in league with Komodo's. The dive master
did his best to keep us out of the worst of it. Though the best and biggest
fish encounters were in the strongest currents. The food was the best I
have ever eaten on a vacation. Even without the diving this would be a
stellar experience. With the diving I just wanted another 11 days. 
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