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Dive Review of Pindito in
Indonesia/raja ampat

March, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by jean miller, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6502
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
cocos, galapogos, australia, mexico, indonesia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
Environmental Sensitivity  
1 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars    
3 stars   
2 stars    
This was the Pindito's whales & muck trip. We spent hours and hours
looking for and listening for whales, but had few sightings, those few
quite a distance from the boat. The main reason I went on this trip was to
experience being close to whales and dolphins. I could have been just as
close had I stayed in California.
Sadly, my experience on this boat gets worse.
We had the usual plastic bins to store stuff, but there were no names or
numbers on the bins. After a dive, stuff ended up in other people's bins.
Preparation for a dive was chaotic, searching for stuff, the crew unwilling
to help setups of BC's on tanks. Tanks couldn't be filled on the tenders
and had to be hauled onto the deck after every dive, this done by the crew.
Fills ranged from 2600 to 3100. I complained of a short fill and was told
my equipment was faulty. Towels were either scattered about or unavailable,
seldom dry. Hangars for wetsuits were too high for me. I'm five feet four.
I was always on tiptoe, no help offered. The briefings were just
that--brief. We were told to get in the water and go with the current. The
food was bland, fried tofu often the vegetarian option. Some of us asked
for yogurt or ice cream. We were told it was unavailable. Yet the
divemasters, who sat at a separate table, were eating it. They also had a
separate, private place in the refrigerator. The diving itself was good.
I've been to Raja many times. Today there are many boats in Raja. I would
never choose the Pindito again.
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