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Dive Review of Dive Asia Pacific M/Y Pelagian in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Dive Asia Pacific M/Y Pelagian, Apr, 2005,

by Janet Czapski, MI, USA (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 2030.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 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 This area is touted as being the bed of marine biodiversity. We enjoyed our diving in the Raja area but found it not living up to the expectations. There were lots of fish but they were VERY small; the large schools that were expected in the areas of strong currents did not appear so the efforts expended seemed less worthwhile. The hard/soft corals and seafans were huge and showed no previous diver impact. Vis in the area where wide angle shooting would have been preferred was pretty poor.

Due to weather conditions at the time of boarding, we were confined to the more northern islands in the region. The more southern areas are known for more prolific macro life so those seeking macro photo opportunities were a little more disappointed, but we did see lots of various nudibranchs, pipefish, mantis shrimp and other invertebrates.

Pelagic sightings were pretty much nil.

This group had done this boat before in Bali/Komodo and overall the impression was that the diving was tremendously better in that region than the Raja Ampat area.

The boat has since been sold to the Wakatobi group for diving in the waters south of Wakatobi.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Australia, PNG, Malaysia, Fiji, Micronesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-100 Ft/ 12-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decompression diving allowed, 130' maximum depth
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Very large camera room for storage/lens changing. Large camera rinse tank on the back deck. Very little camera storage on the tenders but the crew's handling of cameras was excellent. Dual voltage plugs were available in the camera room. No facilities for digital users to view images or burn CD's or DVD's without bringing their own.
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