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Dive Review of S.M.Y. Ondina in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Paulino Gonzalez, FL., USA
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Report Number 2160
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas Tiger Shark M/V Shearwater,Aruba,West Palm Beach,Fla. keys,West
Coast Fla.,Puerto Rico.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Use of Computers, No deeper than 130 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 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  
5 stars  
220/60 cycles electricity,plus voltage stabilizer of 110 volts
available.Huge camera rinse tanks.E-6 Processing,DVD Player, TV Monitor for
U/W video.Extremely well set up for photographers. No internet available
due the remoteness of the place.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Excellent crew that tries very hard to make the trip enjoyable for all.
This trip was led by DEBBIE FUGGITT, for photographers and she picked the
best dive sites and u/w conditions to maximize the experience. Ricard Buxo
the boat captain and director made very good use of the time and scheluded
dives to coincide with mild currents for maximal fish action. Our
divemaster David went in the water before every dive to make sure of the
direction of the currents and water condition.You never had to carry your
tanks or set up your gear after the first time. I felt the crew did all the
hardwork, so that we could use our energy for max diving enjoyment.Every
day we did 3-4 day dives and one night dive. The trip lasted 10 days. The
only regret is that the airplane trip was too long over 24 hours flying,
this helps explain why only less than 100 divers a year get to see this
remarkable place.Bring a twelve inch reef point stick or reef hook so as
not to touch the reef. As Dr.Gerald Allen and Roger Steen pointed out this
is the center of bio-diversity of the world oceans.
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