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Dive Review of Dewi Nusantara in

Dewi Nusantara: "Komodo on Dewi Nusantara", Aug, 2016,

by Michael Wood, WA, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9304 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Indonesia, Maldives, PNG, GBR, Philippines, Hawai'i
Closest Airport Bima Getting There Denpasar to Bima; return to Denpasar from Maumere

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 73 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 40 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your computer; generally 60 minute dives, however.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
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 Best of any liveaboard. Big camera room, good handling. ... 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 2 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments After spending 4 days acclimating on Bali at Tauch Terminal diving the wreck of the USAT Liberty (separate review), I overnighted in the delightful Conrad Bali for only $150US (pre-paid) for my ocean-view room, a $5 nearby massage and the Conradís famous breakfast buffet, with food for every nationality and pallet. I arrived at the terminal 3 hours early for my domestic Wings Air flight from Denpasar to Bima, as I was paranoid from my prior domestic terminal experience in Jakarta, where I arrived only 2 hours early and got on my plane 30 seconds before they closed the airplane door.

To my delight, the Denpasar domestic terminal process was quick, easy and painless. My extra 30 kilos (only 10k allowed) of dive & photography equipment, only cost me $35. I had to check my camera gear, which made me nervous, but it arrived OK. The domestic gate area was modern, decorated with gardens and orchids, with a variety of nice local shops, coffee places and sitting areas. It was actually a pleasurable place. My flight to Bima was delayed an hour because of gate slot problems, but we had plenty of time to make the boat. I met up with the other westerners (no Americans; English, English expats living in Singapore, Swiss, Polish) at the gate who were to be on the Dewi, including Mark, an oceanographer/biologist who works for Conservation International, who ended up giving us lectures and deep insights into the fish life in the Komodo National Park dive area. While technically an American, hasnít lived in the U.S. in over 25 years, and now resides in New Zealand.

Our flight was met by a Dewi crew member, Jan, who efficiently orchestrated our luggage onto waiting vans for our 15 minute ride to the Dewi Nusantara anchorage. They loaded our gear into our skiff and took us to the boat where I met Andrea, the cruise director, and two of my former dive guides on the Dewi in Raja Ampat, Andre and Steven. I was lucky as a single to be assigned Cabin 6, mid-ship, with a king bed all to myself. There were only 9 divers of 14 passengers, so t ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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