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Dive Review of Archipelago Adventurer II in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Archipelago Adventurer II, Jan, 2010,

by David Bader, NC, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 5372.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The travel from the USA is brutal. Six flights over three days with an overnight in Jakarta. Company reps met our group in Jakarta and Mirkassa and helped with transfers. Watch overweight baggage. The weight allowance for the last two flights was only 20 kilos (44 lbs). The overweight charge was about $4 per kilo. The Sheraton in Jakarta was comfortable but food was almost all Indonesian. One item to note was the restaurant would only accept US dollar bills dated 2006 or newer. It's better to get local currency at the airport. Once we reached the boat, all was forgotten as the crew of 18 pampered us for the next ten days. Cabins were large and comfortable with plenty of storage. Each cabin had its own hot water shower and marine toilet. Food almost always included fish and rice as a staple. The chef added some western cuisine for those of us that don't eat fish and rice at every meal. Each day started with an early continental breakfast at which time you ordered late breakfast. First dive was at 7:30 or 8:00 followed by late breakfast. Second dive was at 10:30 followed by a buffet lunch. Afternoon dives were at 3:00 and 5:30 followed by a formal sit-down dinner. Diving was done from two tenders. Gear was loaded and unloaded from the tenders by the crew. Crew was also there to help into and out of wetsuits and washed everything at the end of each dive. Water entry was made by backrolls and tanks were removed in the water at the end of the dive. The Nitrox system was not operational during our visit. Diving was awesome. Schools of fish surround you during every dive. Lots of pigmy seahorses, nudibranches, sweet lips, barracuda, wobblygong, octopus, and many species I'd never seen before. We did three manta dives and were saw others during the week. Also saw occassional white-tip and black-tip sharks and turtles. Currents were manageable but strong. Picture taking can be a chore when the current is fast. Bouyancy is critical to keep off the reef. Unfortunately, not all divers onboard had the requisite skills to be environmentally safe. I can't speak highly enough of our cruise director Dan and the entire crew. Very friendly and went out of their way to make our stay as enjoyable as possible. The final night they serenaded us with local songs and dances. We all felt a sense of sorrow when we had to leave. I've done many liveaboards and would rank the Archipelago Adventurer II as my number one choice.
Websites Archipelago Adventurer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 84-°F / 29-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-70 Ft/ 9-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions All dives were guided with one or two divemasters for every six divers. Generally, depth did not exceed 80 feet.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large camera tables left lots of space for cameras and laptops. Air supplied by a nozzle attached to a scuba tank. Large camera tubs for rinsing.
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