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Dive Review of Amira Dive and Travel in
Indonesia/Banda Sea, Raja Ampat

Amira Dive and Travel: "Once in a livetime diving trip in eastern Indonesia", Oct, 2023,

by Michael Bode, Braunschweig, DE (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 12859.

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Amira with sails Amira with sails Amira in the Banda Sea Bandaneira with volcano nutmeg
Stone boat in Sangliat Dol Banda Dive Site Lava Flow Banda Sea typical dive site Reef scene in the Banda Sea Misool typical dive site
Misool - typical dive site Misool - Wobbegong

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 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Few people will have ever heard of Saumlaki. The small Indonesian town in the southeastern Moluccas is located on the island of Yamdena, which in turn lies on the eastern edge of the over 6000 m deep Banda Sea between Australia to the south and New Guinea to the north.

The journey to Saumlaki itself is an adventure: After an overnight stay in Jakarta, we continued to Saumlaki via Ambon. Although our dive ship, the Amira, was already in the harbor, it had to be polished to perfection for the new guests, so we could only check in the next morning after a night in a simple hotel.

We used the day on Yamdena to visit a stone boat in the village of Sangliat Dol, a relic from the ancient boat culture on these islands. According to the inhabitants of these islands, their ancestors once arrived on the islands by ship. The stone boats in the villages served as ritual places to commemorate the ancestors.

The next morning, we finally boarded a proper ship. We were picked up by the crew at our hotel and taken to the Amira. With a total length of 52 m, the ship is one of the largest and most luxurious dive ships in Indonesia, built in classic wooden construction. It can accommodate 20 guests in 10 spacious cabins with private shower and toilet. Thanks to its size, there are many different places for guests and their various needs.

At the stern of the ship is the dive deck with individual spaces for divers. From there, fully equipped, we boarded the waiting Speedboats and were taken to the dive sites.
There were 15 guests on our trip. We were attended to by a total of 24 crew members - not bad!

Due to the presence of saltwater crocodiles in the bay of Saumlaki, there is a diving ban here. Therefore, the initially planned check dive on the first day had to be cancele ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Amira Dive and Travel   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Thailand, Red Sea, Mediterranean, Indonesia, Phillipines, PNG, Solomon Islands, Malaysia, Seychelles, French Polynesia
Closest Airport Saumlaki Getting There Flight to Jakarta, then to Ambon and Saumlaki

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 25-27°C / 77-81°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 15-30 M / 49-98 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco dives
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None 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
UW Photo Comments There ar fresh water tanks asiigned only for cameras on the dive deck and a ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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