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Dive Review of Sea Safari III in

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Bob Ewald, KY, USA
Report Number 1269
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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

Water Temp
75   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving was only restriction.  Solo diving permitted.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
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

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
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