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Dive Review of S/Y Indo Siren in

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Paul , AP, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6620
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Australia, California, Cayman Islands, Florida, Guam, Hawaii, Hong Kong,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Maldives, Mexico, Netherland Antilles, Palau,
Pennsylvania, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
73   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
90 Minutes max time or no-deco limits of your dive computer, whichever came
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
UWP will love this boat and diving set up.  Plenty of set-up space, with
each diver also being given an adjacent, milk-crate sized drawer for
storage of extra camera gear.  Boat crew would transport your camera gear
to/from zodiacs.  Crew also ready to receive gear post dive on the tender
boats. Ample camera-only rinse tanks on boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
This is the best live-aboard dive operation and boat we have ever dealt
with!  Worldwide Dive and Sail (WWDS) is in contact with you prior to the
trip, sending information and taking special requests.  WWDS also does it's
best to help you with the not so helpful Indonesian government and airlines
in your transit from other places to Bima.  If you have special request in
terms of food or accommodations, WWDS goes out of its way to assist.
On arrival in Bima from Bali, we were greeted by WWDS personnel who
gathered luggage and helped get our group together.  Our group of 15 was
all friends or acquaintances.  Unfortunately, Merpati Airlines left 4
pieces of luggage in Bali, but WWDS did its best to solve this problem. 
(Merpati only has one flight a day, so we had to wait until the next day
for the luggage to arrive.)  WWDS provided equipment to those with missing
bags, as well as organizing a shopping trip in Bima for any other necessary
items.  WWDS also found good diving close to Bima while we waited for the
luggage to arrive.
We were booked on the Indo Siren, but were upgraded to the brand new PA
Siren (soon to become Palau Siren) during her Indonesia sea trials. 
Everything was brand-new on the PA Siren and WWDS was also testing out
several new services on the boat as well.  We were definitely pampered
during our 10-day cruise.  WIth the exception of liquor and wine, all food,
soft drinks and beer are included in your package.  Made to order meals
were being tried on the PA Siren as well.  The service and food rivals 5
star hotels.  Special dietary restriction were honored without fuss, even
if it meant preparing a separate, individual meal.  Every nights' dinner
was introduced by the Chef Ivan and the variety and selection of food was
unbelievable for a live-aboard operation.  Massages are available too!  The
accommodations were spacious with plenty of storage space in each room, the
saloon and dive deck.  You never had to worry about space.   Each room had
a private bathroom and shower, as well as fans and A/C.  This is the first
boat we've ever been on where the website photos actually look like the
room!  All electric was 220v European 2 prong, but adapters were available
for free.  (See above for UWP)
The dive operation was phenomenal.  cruise director Thomas, DMs Tim and
Francesco and the rest of the dive crew (Delphi, Fendi, Jimmy, Sam, and
Rachman) all went out of the way to ensure ease of diving.  Each diver was
assigned their own numbered diving station and you set up your gear only
once.  Nitrox was freely available to all certified divers (and
certification was available if you weren't).  All fills were to 200 Bar or
over 3000 PSI, so you never had to worry about a poor fill.  Each diver had
an equipment drawer next to their dive station for extra equipment. 
Wetsuits were put out for you before every dive and washed and hung up
after each dive.  You got a dry towel with your diver number on it after
every dive, so you never had to worry about someone taking your towel. 
After night dives, your towel was even heated!  You could do as little or
as much dive gear set up as you wanted.  The crew will even carry your gear
to the dive zodiacs.  All diving is done from two zodiacs.  Normal
groupings of divers were set up and each group never had more than a 1 DM
to 6 diver ratio.  As everyone in our group was very experienced, we were
allowed to plan and dive our own profiles.  WWDS has rebreathers available
and offers paid instruction to those that were interested.  Dive briefings
were given for all sites, but divers were allowed to use their own
computer/time limits, with most dives in the 60+ minute range.  The max
time was 90 minutes or the no-deco limits of your computer (or your air!)
The diving for our 10 day cruise occurred in the Bima, Sangeang, Komodo and
Rinca areas. This diving presents some of the best that Indonesia has to
offer with all types of large and small aquatic life.  During the 10 day
trip we saw Manta Rays, Whitetip Reef Sharks, Gray Reef Sharks, Nurse
Sharks, Bottlenose Dolphins, Titan Triggers, Napoleon Wrasse, Turtles and
schools of Jacks.  We also saw lots of tiny stuff like orangutan crabs,
porcelain crabs, and on one dive over 40 different nudibranch.   We also
saw exotics like octopus, cuttle fish, stonefish, scorpion fish, lion fish,
frog fish and leaf fish.   The variety and quantity of marine life is
astounding. (As this was our second trip to Komodo, we also saw the damage
being inflicted by local Indonesian fishermen's dynamite fishing as they
encroach into the unprotected marine reserves.)  
Our group thoroughly enjoyed our 10 day cruise!
If all of WWDS ships are like the PA Siren (and I have heard that they are)
I would not hesitate to recommend WWDS to anyone.  My wife and I, along
with some of the group, are planning to dive with the PA Siren again after
it is christened the Palau Siren and moves to Palau. 
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By irdabanian at Jul 24, 2012 23:47 EST  
what did you pay for your 10 days onboard?
By marob at Jul 27, 2012 03:44 EST  
This is not a review of Indo Siren you were on another vessel! 
Location is given seperately.
By wwds at Aug 30, 2012 03:13 EST  
We are pleased to read you had a great trip on the Palau Siren whilst she
is in Indonesia this season. Congratulations on passing your rebreather
training course and we look forward to welcoming you and Brian back
best wishes from the Siren Fleet
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