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Dive Review of Archipelago Fleet/Adventurer II in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Archipelago Fleet/Adventurer II, Dec, 2008,

by Helen Malnar, FL, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 5076.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Komodo Islands, Socorro Islands, Cocos, Galapagos, Australia, Palau, Fiji, Caribbean, Mexico, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time restriction
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The Adventurer II was transitioning from one area of Indonesia to Raja Ampat so we picked up the boat in Ambon and then cruised around Misool and them on up around Cape Kri and disembarked in Sorong, diving many islands and sites along the route. It was an 11 night trip which I would recommend. I would be a happy diver if I could spend the rest of my days diving Indonesia. The critters were amazing, you just never knew what you may see next! The pygmy seahorses may be rare, but not in this part of the ocean. We counted 10 on one sea fan! The critters are a lot of what we saw on the Komodo trip, with a few additions. We spotted a Wobbegong shark which we never saw on the Komodo trip. Ornate ghost pipefish, dragonets, mantis shrimp, lionfish, cuttlefish, and also mating cuttlefish are just some of the stars of diving this part of the world.
The boat is nice and spacious, and the crew is amazing. They learn your name right away and ALL crew will address you by your name. The panga drivers will immediately ask you how was your dive, before you have taken off your mask! They want to practice their English on you so they are always engaging conversation. Very, very friendly people. The food was better than on the Komodo Dancer, and this is what they advertise. The service overall is just outstanding.
The divemasters were excellent at finding pygmy seahorses and other critters. They were a little overzealous on wanting to show everyone everything they found. Sometimes I just didn't feel like swimming over to see another pygmy seahorse!! James and Francesca were our cruise directors but they were new to the boat and did not know some of the sites very well, but that was ok because the main divemasters, Ali and Made did know the sites. I wasn't too pleased to see Francesca wear gloves on every dive. There is no reason for a divemaster to wear gloves when the water is so warm.
Archipelago met us in Bali and escorted our group both coming and going. This is a very important feature especially when it came time to weigh the luggage and pay the fees for going over weight limits at the two small airports to and from Bali.
My buddy and I stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel in Bali and loved it. The free breakfast was fabulous! Overall a great trip, can't wait to go back!!!
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