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Dive Review of Murex/Serenade liveaboard in
Indonesia/N. SULAWESI

October, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Eldon Okazaki, ca, usa
Top Contributor   (41 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3696
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Palu, PNG, Fiji, Hawaii, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, dry  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
time usually less than 1 hr. except 2 dive sites had over 65 min.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
no pro photogs were on that trip;
lots of ops.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Serenade had space for 12 divers but only 6 were on that trip.
Food was good and plenty.  They charge for beer and sodas (normal). 
The ship usually moved at night or 5 AM when the captain could see; the
motor was loud;  there was A/C but no hot water.  The crew was very
helpful.  But, at Manado airport, the corrupt customs officers claimed that
my passport was full ( last 2 pages were empty; post trip, US passport
agency says when you get to last 4 pages, then it's full);  so they wanted
$600US or I go back to Singapore.  They got only US$210 --I had monies in
other pockets.  So, the crew got no tip; Lonely Planet book on Indonesia
does not mention gratuities.
Tono was the divemaster; he was good for dive spots and finding creatures
--esp., a black-hair sea horse at Lembeh; only 1 white tip shark that week.
 Some sites had many fishes and abundant sea life/ coral.  2 dives were
repeated at Bunaken when I stayed following week at Bastiano resort
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