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Dive Review of Ambai in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Ambai : "Raja Ampat", Jan, 2016,

by Lisa Evans, CO, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9156.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving GBR, Philippines x 5, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Lembeh, Caribbean, Bali, Palau, Yap, etc
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There via Makassar, middle of the night flight on Garuda

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stayed with guide. 60 minutes max
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 Dedicated rinse tanks on the boat, though had to ask them to change the water a couple times. Excellent camera room - very well outfitted. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 3 stars
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Comments This was a discounted trip through Bluewater Travel on the Ambai. The boat was very nice and quite comfortable. It had a nice dive deck and it was easy to get on/off tenders. The staff very helpful everyone helped with the dive prep/loading. The tender drivers were great. My favorite was Amsar, who was a bit of a prankster lots of smiles.

The food was fine too much fried stuff for me, but great
variety and lots of fresh vegetables. They served too much fish its a bit creepy for me to eat fish while diving (or most any time these days) I asked the cruise director how they could know that the fish was legally taken, and he said they couldnt they buy it at the market in Sorong or trade the locals for things like oil/gas. Locals are allowed subsistence fishing.

The cabins were comfortable pretty big and nice to have a bathroom with a separate shower. The bottom bunks ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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