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Dive Review of Murex/Symphony in
Indonesia/Sulawesi

Murex/Symphony, May, 2006,

by Jeffner Allen, NY, USA . Report 3045.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Very enjoyable diving to the Sangihe Islands, including the underwater volcano and several hot springs, and a few dives, during the return, in Lembeh. The dive term and set up on board was informed, high energy, and well organized. The cook did an outstanding job, inclusive of accomodating special requests. The trajectory through the islands is very interesting, underwater, in particular, but also, on land. The Symphony, the smaller of the Murex boats, is fine topside--a long table for meals, viewing photos, and conversation, and some deck chairs. The cabins could benefit from better air circulation, though air conditioning is not needed, just more movement of air overall. I understand that the plumbing problem in one cabin was repaired when the boat returned. Nonetheless, the cabins are clean, sufficient, and well looked after each day. A plus for the Symphony is that 4 divers were able to dive for a week without having to pay exhorbitant sums. And, most importantly, the dive crew is very familiar with the area, benefitting from Murex's years of experience.
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