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

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by David Warshaw, NJ, USA (1 report)
Report Number 5201
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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