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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

Ocean Rover, May, 2010,

by William and Carol Bynum, TX, US ( 1 report). Report 5526.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Philipines, Palau, Yap, Solomons, Fiji, Vanuatu, Cocos Island, Caymans, Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes, 500 psi
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 1 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Lots of space for photographers to set up and work on rigs. Lots of 110 and 220 outlets.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Great trip. Boat holds 16 passengers. Only 4 were on our cruise, so crew attention and accomodation were superb. This was an exploratory cruise to Talaud. Some dives were so so, but on an exploratory trip you have to go with the information available. Having a personal dive guide and only two divers per dingy made for wonderful critter finding and photography. Beware, however, that North Sulawesi does not have the soft corals of Raja Ampat. Many underwater volcanoes which are interesting but have sparse growth. Found two wrecks which were interesting. Spent last dive day in Lembeh Straight. Upper deck cabins are doubles which were plenty large for two of us. Lower deck has two doubles and two single share cabins. We loved the owner/manager Roman and his outstanding crew. Ocean Rover does Raja Ampat cruises and we would book this boat again and again.
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