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Dive Review of Worldwide Dive and Sail/S/Y Philipinne Siren in
Indonesia/Komodo

Worldwide Dive and Sail/S/Y Philipinne Siren, Aug, 2009,

by David Warshaw, NJ, USA ( 1 report). Report 5201.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean: Little Cayman (three times), Grand Cayman, Turks & Caicos, the Bahamas. Mexico: Akumal and Play del Carmen on the Mayan Riviera (doing open water and cenote diving); Cozumel several times; Cabo. In the Pacific: Wakatobi (three times), Australia (GBR), Papua New Guinea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 70 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 75 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Treated divers like adults; excellent briefings; dive masters led all dives to find critters and direct around sites. Could venture on own, but most did not. 60 minute suggested dive times; depths recommendations to maintain safety for extended repetitive diving.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments While no dedicated photog station, plenty of room to spread out to set up gear. EACH ROOM has a computer station to use for editing; all connected to huge TV in lounge for sharing photos. Dive masters helped photographers find subjects... which were more than plentiful.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Brand new boat in Worldwide Dive and Sail's fleet. Wonderful accommodations, with each room having ample storage, full bath, AC, computer with hi-def monitor for watching DVDs or editing dive photos. Common areas include a luxurious lounge with leather couches and a wide-screen TV; sun deck, and outdoor (but covered) common area in stern for meals or just hanging out. Dive deck had plenty of room for 16 divers. Each diver had a station with drawers for the odd bits of gear. Very accommodating dive crew, helped us in and out of wet suits, and since I have a balky back, carried my gear too and from zodiacs.

We flew from New York, overnighted in Bali, then took 50 minute intra-island flight to Bima to board boat. Ten-day trip covered entire Komodo area (Sangeang, Rinca, Komodo, etc.).

Diving is excellent and varied: from black-sand muck dives around active volcano on Sangeang, to ripping cold currents in the south of Rinca and Komodo. Four dives a day. In water typically by 7 am, breakfast, morning dive, lunch, afternoon dive, snack, twilight/night dive, dinner. Eat, sleep, dive, talk about diving, look at pictures of diving -- for ten days.

Crew was wonderful: dive guides know the area and critters; food varied and plentiful. The kitchen includes a walk-in freezer and a bake oven, so very well provisioned for varied menu. Accommodated food requests well. An always available espresso machine was a luxury touch; soft drinks and beer included (wine and cocktails extra).

Dove from two zodiacs, with never more than 5-10 minutes from boat to dive site. Highlight was Manta Alley, a cleaning station in the south of Komodo. Did two dives there, seeing dozen or more "big birds" on each. Couple of high current dives; one time we had to abort. But everyone felt good about the variety. Stopped for a land trek at the national park to see Komodo Dragons. Very cool.

All-in-all, spectacular diving on a wonderful boat. Worth the money and the time.
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