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Dive Review of Tambora in
Indonesia/eastern banda & triton bay

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by jean miller, CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6776 has 1 Helpful vote
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
cocos, galapagos, png, australia, sea of cortez
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
surge, currents  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minutes  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
very small camera room
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
This was my first--and last time on the Tambora. I'll start with what was
good: They had great skiffs, best I've ever seen. The boat guy was helpful,
but often there was just one guy, and he had way too much to do. The crew
was helpful, but they didn't speak much English which made it hard to
communicate. The owner of the boat was aboard, but he seldom dived with us.
The two dive directors, Peter and Cristine were less than good. Cristine
was better than Peter. She actually counted the divers following her. Peter
failed to keep track of us at all, even on the night dives. We were all
experienced divers which was good as we had to look out for ourselves most
of the time.This boat is the only boat I've come across with rinse tanks
down a flight of very slippery stairs. I found out how slippery they were
when I fell. 
I give this boat a solid thumbs down.
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