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Dive Review of World Wide Dive and Travel/SY Siren in
Indonesia/Komodo Island

September, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Bill Ehler, TX, United States
Reviewer   (5 reports)
Report Number 5181
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Lembeh, Cocos, Maldives, Mapelo, Red Sea, Mexico, Palau, Truk, Yap,
Marshall Islands, New Caledonia, Phillipines, Saba, Honduras, Belize,
Mozambique, Red Sea, Australia, California, Baja, Thailand, Vanuatu, Fiji,
Niue, Solomon Island, New Zealand and Malaysia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
71   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
15   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None. There were very detailed dive briefings describing the currents. We
were encouraged to follow the dive master but not obligated.   
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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There was a 5 X 2 ft well lit table in the salon for cameras. There were
five photographers on our trip with small digital cameras that worked out
fine. If there were SLR housed cameras on board there would be a problem.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
The best liveaboard I have ever done.
The Cruise Director, Jay Monney and Operations Manager, "Kay"
Punthasuree Arsrairas, husband and wife, were the key to the trip. Jay and
Kay did an outstanding job of briefing us on safety issues, boat workings,
dive briefings and cabin arrangements. Unfortunately this trip was their
last trip. They will be purchasing their own vessel. I will be sure to book
a trip with them when they become operational.
All of our dive briefings were presented digitally on a large LCD screen in
the salon. We were shown the dive site with and pictures of the expected
fauna and flora. 
Many of the crew have worked together for up to ten years in the diving
industry making it a well oiled operation. They did not miss a thing. A tug
on the wet suit sleeve or help with a tank strap.
There were four dives a day. Wake-up at 6:30 AM with a light breakfast
prior to first dive. The full breakfast included oatmeal, eggs or pancakes,
tomatoes, potatoes, bacon, sausage, juice and coffee/tea/milk(a wonderful
self serve expresso maker was always available) were served after first
dive. Snacks, juice, tea/coffee and soft drinks were available at all times
and free of charge. Lunch was the highlight of the day and included fried
chicken (yum),baked chicken, fish prepared in many different ways, salad,
vegetables and starches.  After the third dive snacks were served. Dinner
was served after the night dive. Soup was always the first course and
followed by pork, beef, chicken and fish. There were at least two or three
of each offered at each meal along with veggies and salads. Desserts were
freshly prepared and were delicious.
Each cabin had its own computer with flat screen monitor connected to the
server. There were at least a hundred movies to view and music to play in
my cabin. The AC was controlled independently in each cabin. It worked very
well and the AC filters were even cleaned during our trip.
Each cabin was serviced everyday. Fresh towels were available every day if
needed. The ensuite bathrooms are small,very efficient and have lots of
drinkable, hot water.
There are 8 cabins. Cabin 1 was forward with a double and single bed. Cabin
2 and 3 had two twin beds. Cabin 4 and 5 had a double and twin. Cabin 6 and
7 had three twins and Cabin 8 a double. 
I brought two wet suits with me. A 3/2mm for the northern area where water
temps were 81-83 F and a 7 mm for the southern area where water was 71-73
F. The currents were strong and unpredictable during the new moon. 
Merpati Air was four hours late from Bali to Bima. They charged our group
US $60 for overweight bags going to Bima. On our return trip they told us
our bags would have to be sent back to Bali the following day. Fortunately
our dive master, Koman was with us and was able to negotiate a price to
have our bags travel with us. 
The entire boat was very well maintained. Everything worked!!
We booked our trip with Scuba Travel Ventures out of San Diego
1-800-298-9909. They always do an outstanding job.
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