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Dive Review of Sea Safari III in
Indonesia/Bali

Sea Safari III, Jul, 2004,

by Bob Ewald, KY, USA . Report 1269.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Bahamas, Red Sea, Galapagos, Coco, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Coral Sea, Hawaii, Palau, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression diving was only restriction. Solo diving permitted.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Plenty of room on camera tables and good storage area for accessories. Two large dip tanks. E-6 procession available.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Very spacious boat. Relatively large cabins with queen size beds or twins available. No bunks. All cabins had ensuite toilets and showers. AC worked well and boat was always comfortable. Cabins had individual AC controls which actually worked. Large indoor and outdoor lounge areas. Crew of 19 worked very hard, including very carefully washing all dive gear after the last dive. Land trip to Komodo Island was enjoyable. Nitrox available.

I've been on more than 20 live aboards and found the food on all generally good, but the food on this boat was well above average.

Most of the diving was in and around the Komodo National Park. Diving is done entirely from 2 small dingies which would be crowded with a full complement of 18 divers. Likewise, the dive deck would be a bit crowded with 18 divers.

Most itineries arrive and depart from Bali and the crossing to Komodo is 18 hours, so a ten day trip does not mean 10 days of diving.

Overall, this is a very good, very comfortable live aboard. The operator was very responsive to pre-trip inquiries and was very helpful with arrangements.
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