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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

July, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Edith and John Summey, IL, USA
Report Number 2108
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
naire,Belize,Mexico)Pacific(Socorro,CocosIsland ,Galapagos,Tahiti,Truk
Lagoon,Palau,Yap,Sipadan,Bali,N.Sulawesi,Phuket,Burma,PNG) Australia,
Antartica, Mediterranean (Costa Brava, S. France, Corsica, Sardina, Italy),
Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Per your level of training and computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The set up for photographers is ideal, both outside and inside the lounge. 
There is plenty of space for cameras and housings and for recharging.  A
computer is available to preview digital images if needed.  The staff is
helpful in every aspect of photo advice and assistance.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
1 stars    
Ocean Rover is a highly acclaimed world class liveaboard for good reason.
It is the model for all other liveaboards to follow. A trip on the Ocean
Rover by every liveaboard operator should be mandatory to learn just how
divers should be valued and respected. It is no wonder that divers return
again and again to the Ocean Rover. This was our third trip. Each trip just
gets better and better. Every aspect of diving protocol is covered in a
responsible way while preserving the integrity of diver independence and
personal dive style. Divers are "monitored" discreetly rather
than policed or controlled.  Guests are assisted when such assistance is
requested or needed, without imposition. Such service is offered with
respect rather than as a method of manipulation. The attitude of
helpfulness to each guest is characteristic of every member of the crew. 
There is always someone there to make you feel more comfortable, more
relaxed, more satisfied.  After just a day, the staff will think of what
you need before you do and have it ready. 
     Ever since a fall on a dive boat back in 2003 that resulted in a back
injury, I have needed assistance with lifting dive gear.  The crew on Ocean
Rover was most gracious in helping me manage and maneuver my dive and
photographic equipment on and off the boat.  
     North Sulawesi is a diver's paradise brimming with marine life of a
huge variety. You can find every type of subject matter from macro to wide
angle, tiny critters in muck diving to large sponges and fans on vast
walls. Hard and soft corals offer contrasts of color and texture as a
backdrop for some of the most unusual fish on the planet. Set your Nitrox
computer to the boat blend and stretch out your dive to the max and enjoy
every minute.  When you finish your Ocean Rover trip, it is not a question
IF you will be back for another, but rather, it is a question of WHEN you
will be back. North Sulawesi, East Malaysia, or Thailand -- where ever
Ocean Rover roams, her divers will be enjoying a great adventure in the
care of the best liveaboard crew on the bright blue sea.
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