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Dive Review of Amira in
Indonesia/Banda Sea

Amira, May, 2013,

by Frederick R. Turoff, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 25 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 7017.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving BVI, USVI, Saba, St. Lucia, Bonaire, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Costa Rica, Coco Island, Revillagigedos, Sea of Cortez, Palau, Yap, Red Sea, Sipadan, PNG, Indonesia, Philippines
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 73 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions try to be back at boat with 500psi
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 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 room was a bit crowded with 6 of us having large housed cameras and several having small housed cameras. Tools, electrical su ... 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 I boarded the Amira in Ambon after two dive days at Maluku divers, where I checked out my gear and started acclimating to the 12-time-zone change from Philadelphia. Our group of 13 divers was separated into three groups of 3, 4, and 7 to fit the three dive tenders. Dive guides rotated each day. The first day, when we were to depart, the harbor master wouldn't give us permission to leave, so we did two dives in Ambon harbor. This allowed me to revisit the site Rhino city, where I did get to see both a yellow lacey scorpionfish and a purple weedy scorpionfish, two rhinopius I hadn't seen before. Once we got underway the next day, we did one dive at the SW end of Ambon harbor, then headed out to the Banda Sea. Our later departure meant we couldn't visit Bandanera, but other sites gave us plenty to see and photograph. Reaching the Lucipara group on day 3, we saw many turtles plus some large fish - dogtooth tuna, bumphead parrotfish, m ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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