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Dive Review of Pelagian - Dive Asia Pacific in

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Steven Levin, VA, United States
Report Number 1457
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
World-Wide: PNG, Australia, Fiji, Indonesia, Galapagos, Malaysia,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
72   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
General time limits from 70 to 75 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 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  
There is a large dedicated area inside of the boat for photographers.  The
area contains many charging stations for 110 and 220.  On the dive deck
there are two large rinse tanks.  Diving is from tenders and cameras are
placed in the rear of the tenders.  Care must be taken to not kick
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
I was on this boat for four (4) trips for a total of two (2) months.  I
started with their first trip of the year in late February 2004, did
another trip from Sorong to Soring in July, and concluded with a trip that
went from Sorong to Bali via Kupang in September.

The good.  

Diving in Indonesia when covering diverse areas from Irian Jaya (now Papua)
to Bali provides great opportunities for seeing areas with pristine corals,
wonderful fish life, glorious invertebrates, and many macro opportunities. 
Areas such as Komodo, to include Rinca, offer beautiful soft corals with
extensive fish and macro.  There are locations that are "National
Geographic" class.  Example: Gunung Api is a volcanic island that has
hundreds to thousands of Sea Snakes.  

The boat is very large and spacious for the number of divers which is a
maximum of twelve (12).  Diving is done from two tenders with a dive guide
and a maximum of six divers per tenders.  Entry is a back roll and exit via
a ladder.  Nitrox is available and consistently filled to 32%.  The lounge
area is large and comfortable.  There are many areas on the boat for
sitting outside to read or lounge.

There is typically three day dives and one dusk or night dive.  On a few
days subject to transit conditions there may be fewer dives.  All dives are
guided but you are free to dive solo.

The bad.

By most standards this boat is luxurious but it was showing wear and tear. 
The owner tells me they will do a major refit in at the end of the season.

Food was average and could be improved.  Salad offered at lunch but not
dinner.  Sliced fresh fruit only at lunch although there was a bowl of
fresh fruit at other times.  Cooked to order breakfast.  Buffet at lunch
and dinner with two choices for main courses.

There was no cruise director as the captain attempted to fill this role. 
The diving staff and operation needs improvement.  Dive briefings were
minimal and uninformative.  Dive guides varied in their

Some dive spots, not many, were damaged from dynamiting.  A few of these
are encountered on the trips as in a couple of locations whether or timing
does not provide better diving on those days.


Indonesia offers fabulous diving.  With some capital investment and an
improvement in diving operations this would rate as one of the best of
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