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Dive Review of All Star - Dune in

All Star - Dune: "Very diverse and unique dive environements", Jun, 2023,

by Kim Sass, MI, US ( 1 report). Report 12513.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments Aurora is a pinisi style wooded vessel, which is a traditional-designed ship built in Sulawesi. This is my second trip on a pinisi; the first time was exploring the Banda Sea and I didn’t overly love the watercraft. This time, however, I did like the ship. Perhaps it was because we were onboard for 13 days, giving me plenty of time to get used to the creaking. Pinisis are very loud ships. Some people used ear plugs for sleeping but I was reluctant to recommend them, fearing that in an emergency, they may not hear an alarm. Everyone thought the creaking lessened as the trip progressed. I’m not sure if we got used to all the noise or if the seas became calmer. I asked people to compared their experience on steel-hauled liveaboards to this pinisi. Everyone liked the ship and had no preference. There is a rugged charm about the Aurora and although not luxurious, it is perfectly adequate. When returning from a land excursion, the crew put up the sails, giving us a great photo op. Ultimately, there were many factors that made this an exceptional trip, the unique ship design, the attentive staff, especially Guillaume, plus diverse diving and a great group of travelers.

There are nine cabins. C1: The Mexico cabin - my guess this is the most stable of the rooms for those who get sea sick and big for those with lots of cameras and drone equipment. C7: The Maldives cabin is the smallest and the loudest room. We also had a strong smell of diesel for the first 2 days. C4 is the big bow room and has oddly shaped, shorter beds. Do not put a tall person in this cabin. I wouldn’t put someone who gets seasick easily in this room either.
C8 & C9: Be careful looking at the website schematics of the ship. It shows these cabins on the ‘upper deck’. The upper deck is actually located down a small flight of stairs. There is no large picture windows, which we had assumed it would. Like C7, there was a strong diesel smells in the rooms at the beginning of the trip. Perhaps the gas tanks were overfilled at the beginning and these rooms were located closest to the engine rooms???

Beds: Several couples had single beds which wasn't a bad thing ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites All Star - Dune   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bali to Komodo transitional trip on board the Aurora Liveaboard run by All Star/Dune
Closest Airport Labuan Bajo Getting There International flight into Bali's Depensar airport then an affordable island flight from Bali to Komodo's Labuan Baja airport

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 75-82°F / 24-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks 1 or 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments [Camera Area: Inside the salon are two camera areas. One area has 4 large shelves for big camera systems, the other has six small shelves, perfect for GoPro users. Each shelf has an electrica ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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