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Dive Review of S.M.Y. Ondina in

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Jacob Rosenstein, CA, U.S.A.
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2651
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Belize,Little Cayman,Roatan,Costa Rica,Cozumel,Bonaire,Fiji,Big
Island-Hawaii,Eilat-Red Sea,California Channel Islands.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
72   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deeper than 130 feet,however at one dive site it was easy to exceed this
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The Ondina has a very large camera table on the rear of the boat with
storage baskets underneath. Also there are individual charging stations,
although the bottom ones are near standing water and the top ones are out
of reach. Some of the non photographers use these cubbies for storing
towels and wet stuff.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Overall, this is a very good dive boat. The dive briefings are detailed and
informaive. However, once in the water the group split up. This was not a
problem most of the time, but when there were currents or poor visibility
it was uncomfortable, especially since some divers surfaced far from the
pick up inflatables. They were later safely picked up. All diving was done
from inflatables. Ricard Buxo was good at showing the marine life. We hiked
through Komodo National Park and saw several Komodo Dragons. Also had a
couple of village tours. Dove the islands of Komodo, Rinca, and Flores.
Lots of diverse marine life, from the tiny Pygmy Sea Horse to the huge
Manta Ray. Coral very lush and healthy. All the coral in the ID book can be
seen in this part of Indonesia. The domestic air carrier Merpati is
unreliable. They cancelled/changed their schedules several times even up to
departure time, affecting my return International flights. Insist on a
diferent domestic carrier if you can as this is a major nuisance. Booked my
itinerary from City Seahorse (Deb Fugitt and Tony Mathes)
Very good booking agents for this boat. Boat is generally in good shape,
except for the marine head and the hand held shower, which did not have hot
water. There is plenty of room for socializing and relaxing. The cabins are
well planned with plenty of storage space. Food is good, a mixture of Asian
and Western dishes. E-6 color processing was available, as well as Nitrox.
Big camera table at rear of boat with storage space for lenses,
Water is colder and green at southern Komodo, but this is where the Manta
Rays hang out. Came head-to-head with a giant Manta in this area, as the
animal just appeared out of the murky nowhere. Lots of surprises diving
Indonesia! Four dives max, including night dives were enough for me.

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