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Dive Review of Amira liveaboard in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Amira liveaboard: "Outstanding Raja Ampat Getaway", Oct, 2016,

by Steven Moore, CT, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9250 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving US, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia (x5), Caribbean, Alaska
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Lengthy flights from mainland US to Jakarta, then either direct or one-stop to Sorong

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Time limits, usually 60 minutes but 50 on night dives.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Well designed camera room on the boat. Plenty of space and adequate charging access. Tender drivers quickly bec ... 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 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 We were excited to learn about the Amira, especially considering its price (US$4,750 pp for a 10n/11d cruise, about $1,500 less than the competition) and availability. Usually the boat is filled 2 years or so in advance, but we were lucky to find space just 13 months ahead. The boat isn't very well known in the US and does most of its marketing in Germany and Europe. As the co-owner and cruise director, Bruno Hopff, told us at dinner, they want to expand their US marketing, but typically are full with their current plan. And they should be filled; they offer luxury, wonderful service, a friendly and encouraging ambiance, and great value.

Our travel saga was typical for the trip. JFK to Hong Kong to Jakarta, then an 8 hour layover before leaving for Makassar and then Sorong, arriving at about 7am. Total travel time was somewhere around 42 hours, including layovers. The friendly and engaging Amira crew members met us immediately outside customs with cold water and luggage assist. Ten minutes later, we were in the van for the 10-minute ride to the harbor and a short tender ride to the boat. Amira is a typical, 3-masted wooden boat built specifically for diving, and it shows. Access is easy, the dive deck spacious and well thought out. We were the first guests aboard at about 8am, and the other guests arrived throughout the day. Once all 17 passengers were aboard, we sailed for Misool that afterno ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Gabrielle Villarino in ZZ, TH at Nov 16, 2016 03:59 EST  
Thank you very very much Paul for your comments and kind words about AMIRA, our crew and our operations! We thrive to be the BEST - from the time of inquiry - until you step off the boat! Note: AMIRA's maiden voyage was in NOVEMBER 2016 (which makes 6 years 'old') - and we do re furbishings every year at dry dock! Gabrielle from MSV AMIRA . Contact me for availbility for cruises in 2017 or 2018 !! Glad to assist !
By Gabrielle Villarino in ZZ, TH at Nov 16, 2016 04:01 EST  
oops, I meant to WRITE STEVEN !!! :)
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