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Dive Review of n/a/Kasawari in
Indonesia/Lembah Strait

n/a/Kasawari, Sep, 2008,

by Mike Elliott, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4507.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Coral Sea, Milne Bay, Philippines (Puerto Galera & Dumaguete), Komodo, Ambon, Raja Ampat, Monterey & Carmel, Catalina, Bonaire, Belize, Exhuma Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Informal depth to avoid reverse profiles, 70~80 minutes
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Nice workbenches, blow-off provided with separate wet bench (although needed to watch it as high pressure), handlers knew how to deal w/camera gear, full complement of charging accessories, A/C in the room but this caused condensation as it was left on overnight - a little instruction and this never happened again.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I think the resort is top-notch from a facilities and service standpoint. The boats appearance puts you off (they look old and worn) but man are they stable, roomy, and a breeze to don gear with a short step to a giant stride. Excellent ladder for climbing back in and the handlers pulled the gear up for you. I heard one diver say this is "spa diving" and it was!

The rooms were to die for. Big and well appointed. The A/C was sized correctly and kept the room at a nice temp. There was outside showers that I loved. Even the bed was OK and I am picky - usually they are hard and uncomfortable... this one was OK and I slept on it for 9 nights.

There was a bar/lounge with a good sized flatscreen. The dining room was close by and if there was less that 6 people a'la carte otherwise buffet. The food was just OK - they need to do a better job here.

The wait staff were good and helpful. The whole experience was a bit costlier than other resorts (not by much) and well worth it. I highly recommend this resort - we are returning here (won't even try KBR or Lembeh)
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