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Dive Review of Ocean Rover/N.Sulawesi in
Indonesia/N. Sulawesi

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Ann P. Ricciardi, FL, United States (2 reports)
Report Number 4229
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Jamaica,Saba,Turks&Caicos,Virgin Islands
Malaysia,Maldives,Micronesia-Palau,Truk,Yap PNG,Solomon Islands,St.Kitts
& Nevis, St.Lucia,Tahiti, Thailand 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
All divers used nitrox (32) and followed their limits.
Five dives were offered most days and divers were asked to limit their
dives to approx 60 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Overall excellent facilities for u/w photographers.  Large stations (6 to
8) located in the main salon with good lighting and plenty of 110 and 220
volt outlets. Plenty of camera towels for post dive wipedowns.  Two large
areas on the dive deck for cameras to be placed pre and post diving.  Two
large freshwater dip tanks dedicated to only cameras after each dive.  The
crew was experienced in handling cameras so you didn't feel nervous when
they assisted you with your equipment.  The boat has an easily acessible
computer that anyone can use to download and work on your photos so it is
not necessary to bring your personel computer. There is a large flat(maybe
50 to 60 inch)screen TV that is well located in the main salon for viewing
"slide shows", etc.
Serious underwater photographers will be extremely happy on board the Ocean
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was my third trip onboard the Ocean Rover and my second trip to this
location on this boat.  

I was extremely impressed with the new owner's operation in N. Sulawesi. 
The Indonesian crew was fantastic.  There were 4 dive guides and sometimes
we had one guide for 2 divers!  They have many years experience as guides
in these waters and were great at finding critters whether we were muck
diving in Lembeh or diving the volcano flow on Ruang.  

Five dives were offered most days, beginning at 7:30 am, and the night dive
was before dinner.  Diving was done from two zodiacs.   The whale tail
design of the stern made it very easy to get on and off the zodiacs.  It
was an extremely diver friendly operation.  The zodiacs had a substantial
ladder for easy access from the water and the crew was quick to assist with
your tank at the end of the dive. 

The crew was the most enthusiastic I have ever encountered.  They were
quick to assist divers in suiting up before the dive briefing and were
always there waiting when we returned... rinsing cameras, hanging up
wetsuits, filling tanks, etc. 

The diversity of diving on this itinerary was great.  We traveled from
Lembeh, to Biaro, Ruang, Tahulandang, Bangka, Pulaisan in N. Sulawesi,
Bunaken and back to Lembeh.  A 10 night itinerary gave us just the right
amount of divng for such a long trip from the states.

The cabins on the Ocean Rover were very comfortable and very well
maintained.  All cabins had a large window.  Linens were fresh and towels
changed often.

The sundeck was well designed and a gathering place offering sun and shade.
 There were lounge chairs and comfortable built-in seating around the deck.
 A coffee/tea station with snacks and cold beverages was always available.

The main salon was very comfortable with dining buffet style and seating at
two large tables.  A complete library of reference books was onboard.

Overall this was my favorite liveaboard for diving, destination, comfort
and crew!  I look forward to experiencing their new itinerary in Raja Ampat
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