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Dive Review of Ambai in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Ambai: "Raja Ampat the Ultimate", Nov, 2019,

by Boris Volodin, NJ, US ( 1 report with 5 Helpful votes). Report 11377 has 5 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 2 stars
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Comments General information
The cruise we went on (“Raja Ampat the Ultimate”) covered the entire Raja Ampat (RA) area -- from Misool in the south to Wayag in the north, 12 days in total. We didn’t find many similar cruises available, as most ships cover south and central areas only. The cruise was planned for 16 passengers, but one canceled.
We found the ship to be in good shape -- clean and having everything needed on a dive cruise. The ship has water desalination equipment. We always had hot water in the shower, even though the pressure varied sometimes — possibly due to peak usage after dives. Nitrox is provided to everyone at no additional cost.

Accommodations
Typically, there are 2 people per room in 8 cabins on the ship. The full passenger capacity for a cruise is actually 20 or 22 people, but they usually plan only for 16, which is good for us divers. The 6 cabins on the lower deck are below the main deck level and have small round portholes for light. Cabins 7 and 8 are on the starboard side of the ship on the upper deck, have a glass window in the door and fresh air access through vents in the room and in the bathroom. Each cabin on the lower level has bunk beds — double bed on the lower level and single on the upper. The two cabins on the upper deck have double size beds. All cabins have private bathrooms with full size shower (not like a small toilet equipped with a shower hose that we encountered on other liveaboards). All have air conditioning. The cruise director cabin is next to cabin 8 on the upper deck. Crew cabins are on the port side also on the upper deck. Crew members would eat in the stern are of the upper deck. Passengers had spacious covered dining hall on the main deck open to them at all times, one lounging area on the bow in front of the dining hall and another on the upper deck directly above the first and in front of the bridge.

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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great barrier reef, Coral Sea, Osprey reef, Bonaire, Cozumel, St. Lawrence river, Bahamas
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There New York to Jakarta, Jakarta to Sorong.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80-90°F / 27-32°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Staying with your dive team and dive guide was recommended but diving on my own was still ok.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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