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Dive Review of Blue Marlin in

Blue Marlin: "Good day boat for Komodo", Oct, 2019,

by Joel Hirsh, CT, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 11252.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
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 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After a live-aboard trip across the Banda Sea, I wanted to see the Komodo Dragons and do some diving but didnít have time to do a live-aboard in Komodo. So in the few days available I did a typical day trip of hiking, dragon watching and snorkeling followed by two days of shore-based diving with Blue Marlin. BTW, some of the snorkel beaches had amazing sea life in less than 10' of water.

Blue Marlin has a few boats, but I chose the ďTobyĒ which is a fast boat. This allowed 3 dives with 1 hr surface intervals and still get back by mid-afternoon. The boat only holds 12 divers (including guides and instructors). There is a maximum of 4 divers per guide. The tanks are spaced widely and there is plenty of room to gear-up without bouncing off your neighbor. Nitrox is free! Briefings were very thorough which was especially important due to the currents at some sites. Entry was a back roll off the sides. On returning, most of us took off and handed up our gear since the ladder is narrow and vertical. The only down-side is that there is no rinse tank for cameras. The day boats tend to attract less experienced divers who donít have big rigs.

My 6 dives were all on the north side of Komodo Island. Crystal Rock had ripping currents (horizontal and vertical) with a reef hook a must. Then just hang on and watch the parade of big schools of jacks, white and grey tip reef sharks and other fish. Makassar Reef (Manta Point) had a procession of large reef mantas using the cleaning stations. This location is also popular for snorkel boats due to good vis and relatively shallow depth. Mawan also had a few big mantas plus 2 frog fish sitting in a sea fan. Other sites had good coral gardens, many nudis, turtles and schools of fish.

If you only have a few days in Komodo and want to do some shore-based diving, Blue Marlin is a good bet.
Websites Blue Marlin   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Australia, PNG, Philippines
Closest Airport Labuan Bajo Getting There Connections from Jakarta, Bali and some other islands

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments No rinse buckets on the boat. Not really set up for UWP
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