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Dive Review of Dive Damai in
Indonesia/Banda Sea/Raja Ampat

Dive Damai: "Forgotten Islands, Banda Sea & Raja Ampat Oct. 2023", Oct, 2023,

by Beth Gregory, NC, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 12827 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Coral Blenny Nudibranch with eggs Crocodile Flathead Scorpionfish

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 This trip, my second trip aboard the Damai II, exceeded my first trip in 2018 (Raja Ampat itinerary) and that was a great trip! This trip began in Saumlaki and ended in Sorong covering approximately 1000 nautical miles.

The staff was excellent and hard working. I can't praise them enough. Many of the 2018 crew members were on board including Mika, the cruise director. I met him in 2018 on his first Damai II trip. He was in training at that time. Now a seasoned and confident cruise director, Mika took great care of us above and below the surface. All crew members worked tirelessly meeting the needs of the guests. The briefing about the boat and safety was excellent.

The meals were fabulous and guests were served by the staff. The kitchen was like a r ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Galapagos, Caribbean, Sipidan.
Closest Airport Sumlaki Getting There RDU to ATL to Seoul to Jakarta to Ambon (resort diving) then to Saumlaki. The travel time is brutal from the US. Next trip I will plan a layover for at least one full day to split the trip up.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79-87°F / 26-31°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-60 Ft/ 12-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions no deco diving
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools 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 Each diver has a roomy station with several outlets and a towel. Most of the outlets are for European 2-pronged plugs, however, there are a few 110V outlets like ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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