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Dive Review of Murex/Symphony in

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jeffner Allen, NY, USA
Report Number 3045
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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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