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Dive Review of Murex - M/S Symphony in
Indonesia/Norhern Sulawesi

September, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Jerry, NV, USA
Report Number 212
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Pacific all areas, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Common sense, no drinking & diving,   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
One battery charging station.  No camera storage, except in stateroom.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
We spent two weeks on M/S Symphony - a basic boat with three reasonably
comfortable cabins.  The cabins are air conditioned but normally it was
turned on only at night.   The dive deck is spacious and workable with an
excellent ladder for reboarding.  There is no inside lounge and all meals
are taken topside under a canopy.  The dining area was spacious and the
service was good.  Food is basic - hot and plentiful.   Fish, chicken, pork
and rice.

Diving and pickup was done both from the boat and from an inflatable.  The
inflatable had no ladder and the mounting of the oars made getting in and
out a bit clumsy.   
Most important is the diving which is fantastic in Northern Sulawesi. 
Beautiful reefs, coral seemingingly untouched by El Nino and abundant sea
life make this one of our favorite places in the world.  The boat went
where we wanted when we wanted.  We usually did four dives a day but could
have added a fifth had we wanted.   The current on some dives was strong
and unpredictable.  

The divemaster "Big Opo" made everything happen.  On our trip, he
was the key person on this boat.      

We look forward to a return trip next year.  
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