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Dive Review of MSY Seahorse in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

MSY Seahorse, Dec, 2008,

by Rick Lambert, CA, United States ( 1 report). Report 4645.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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