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Dive Review of Moana in

June, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by William Rogers, CO, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6684
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands,
Fiji, Hawaii, Honduras, Indonesia (Bali, Flores, Komodo, Manado, Wakatobi),
Mexico, Palau, Papua New Guinea (Walindi, Fabrina, Kavieng), Saba, Thailand
(Phuket, Phi Phi), Turkey, Yap  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Largely left to dive your own profile.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
One fresh water rinse tank - shared for masks, etc.  Adequate outlets.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
We spent 5 days on Moana in late May/early June of this year and had a
wonderful trip. 
The Moana is a beautiful wooden phinisi schooner sporting five cabins and a
spacious deck. Josh is the cruise director and is very capable. Crew is
attentive and friendly. I think the website (www dot moanacruising dot
com/en/) gives a pretty good picture of what you can likely expect.
We dove only the northern sites, but generally timed them all very well. We
went with two children in tow (8 & 10) and picked Moana because having
kids didn't cost quite as much as other boats and because they were
welcome. We are also more inclined to wooden boats. The dive program is
well run with thorough briefings and well trained crew. On our trip, there
were only three other divers (five of us in all). Two dive masters on each
dive. Like any trip to Komodo, the diving was spectacular.
Moana has no Nitrox and the cabins are a bit small and cramped. There is a
hot water shower on deck, but none in the rooms. There is AC in the cabins,
but not much air circulation down below otherwise. The food was certainly
not gourmet, but it was fresh, good and plentiful. Dining was outdoors at
the large table on deck. There is no real support for serious photographers
- though casual ones such as myself had all we needed. It is a mid-priced
liveaboard, but I think one that provides very good value.
We really enjoyed our time onboard. It was clear they were trying to make
sure we had the best trip possible. I would recommend the Moana without
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