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Dive Review of Dewi Nusantara in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Dewi Nusantara: "Raja Ampat Beyond the Hype", Dec, 2014,

by Jeremy Cohen, IL, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8098 has 6 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving South Pacific, Central Pacific, Eastern Pacific, Sea of Cortez, Red Sea, Indian Ocean, Gulf of Oman, Socorro, Puget Sound, California Channel Islands, Galapagos, Indian Ocean, Caribbean, Western Atlantic
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 85 to 87 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Surface within 60 minutes. Safety stop for three minutes.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Well equipped dry camera room, 110-240 volt charging (no adapters required), a little cramped with a full compliment of phot ... 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 3 stars
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Comments
Eleven nights aboard the Dewi (pronounced, Day-We) Nusantara. There is so much hype these days about dive locales and boats. Catherine and I hoped only for a good boat and good diving. Dewi Nusantara and Raja Ampat far exceeded our expectations.

Acres literally acres of healthy, thriving coral gardens supported an inspiring diversity of fish, creatures, soft and hard corals, and sponges in quantities and colors that created an emotional high. Surfacing from a night dive on Christmas Eve that included a bashful (use your red focus light) walking shark offered up an stunning star-lit sky. A morning of muck diving off of Batanta Island will not disappoint - neither the quantity of critters nor the tropical aroma carried on the breeze from the heavily forested Batanta.

A half dozen mantas danced for us, or rather, despite our presence, for an hour at Manta Sandy, a shallow cleaning station reef. There was no chumming, no flood lights lights, just the satisfaction of a natural ocean encounter in a region that justifiably claims to have the highest marine biodiversity in the world. The trip is a photographers dream, though just as importantly, leaving the camera on board for a dive or two and allowing ourselves to immerse ourselves in the moment was a wonderful reminder of what diving and travel are all about.

The dive guides are pros with very sharp eyes. Pigmy seahorses and ghost pipefish become the norm. We saw several octopi. Dive groups are limited to four or five ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Blake Hottle in CA, US at Jul 29, 2015 14:05 EST  
Thank you for this beautifully written, exceptionally helpful review.
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