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Dive Review of Archipelago II in
Indonesia/Komodo

Archipelago II, Aug, 2008,

by James Jenkins, CA, United States (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 4301.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, PNG, Malaysia, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 71 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None although divers were encouraged to stay with guides in areas of strong currents.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments An entire indoor salon was devoted mainly to photographers; while others could use it for hanging out, most went to the dining room or outside of it to relax. So, plenty of space, charging hookups, etc.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The level of service on this boat exceded that even of the Ocean Rover and was the best ever. Totally spoiled! The accommodations were spacious and functional. We especially liked the top deck area. The food was some of the best we've had on a boat with great attention to presentation.

The boat is VERY noisey when rocking and rolling, which it did while underway and at anchor in modest swells; otherwise it is a beautiful and comfortable boat.

The diving was some of the best we've done, combining great macro on a par with Lembeh Straights and wonderful wide-angle with healthy reefs, soft corals, sharks, mantas, turtles, large schools of fish, etc.

The guides, Made and Oli, are very good. The tour leaders, Stephan and Theresse are very good but just learning the sites. (This was their second or third Komodo trip.) Given how good they were on this trip, I think if you're considering booking for next year I would have no reservations in recommending them.

The water temps in the Indian Ocean (and where it comes in between Komodo and Rinca) can be chilly: I read lows of 71 and it had been down to 68 earlier according to some divers; on our next cruise we had lows of 74-75. Most will need a full 7mm suit to be warm. I had a full 5/4 with a hooded vest and a second vest and just managed to avoid the shivers.

I would recommend this boat and crew. I recommend Komodo ONLY for very experienced divers.
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