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Dive Review of Pindito in
Indonesia/Banda Sea

May, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by David E Reubush, VA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Galapagos, Indonesia
(Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Banda Sea), Philippines, Red
Sea, Southern Bahamas, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max time approximately 60 minutes, come up with 500 psi  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Shore Facilities  
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Comments
2 large rinse tanks on the dive deck for cameras only.  Camera room was
pretty small, but had lots of outlets and people were very good about
getting done what needed to b ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
3 stars
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Shore Diving  
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Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

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Beginners
2 stars   
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Comments  
Edi Frommenwiler is one of the pioneers of live-aboard diving in Indonesia,
having supervised the construction of the Pindito and started operation in
1992.  As such, he and his crew (some of which have been with him for many
years including the cook, who is also his sister-in-law and has been with
him since the beginning) are some of the most experienced and the boat is
one of the most sea-worthy of all the live-aboards currently in operation. 
The boat accommodates 16 divers.  I was onboard from mid-April through
early May for 2 back-to-back trips with Burt Jones of Secret Sea Visions
and Hergen Spalink of Got Muck.  The trip started in Ambon and the first
leg ended in Saumlaki.  The second leg started in Saumlaki and ended in
Maumere.   We basically covered most of the periphery of the Banda Sea.

This was, for the most part, an exploratory trip as most of the sites we
visited were either rarely dived or had not been dived at all (to Edi,
Burt, and Hergens knowledge).  They studied charts and used rumors and
comments from fishermen and locals to pick the sites.  

In the first leg of the trip we found, mainly, pristine hard coral gardens,
some with very large schools of fish.  However, we did, on occasion, find
spots where dynamite fishing had occurred which resulted in stretches of
just coral rubble.  On one occasion we attempted to dive on a seamount that
was indicated on the charts.  It turned out that we couldnt find the
seamount so we drove the zodiacs to the nearest island and found a great
dive site by chance.  On the way out of the area that evening the Pindito
found the seamount several miles from where it was indicated on the charts.
 Generally speaking, the first leg of the trip was a wide-angle
photographers paradise.  Water temperatures were typically 84  85,
visibility varied from as low as 20 feet to well over 100 feet, and
currents ranged from none to ripping.

The second leg of the trip had more pristine hard coral gardens,
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By eagleray at Jul 24, 2014 05:25 EST  
Pindito is now listed as a liveaboard, as is this report.  Thanks for
reporting the problem -- DSE
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