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Dive Review of Pindito in
Indonesia/raja ampat

Pindito, Mar, 2012,

by jean miller, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6502.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving cocos, galapogos, australia, mexico, indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minutes
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales 1 or 2
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments 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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