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Dive Review of Dive Damai in

Dive Damai, Oct, 2010,

by Linda Rutherford & Ron Welf, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 5835.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving various worldwide
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 79 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 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 [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments In October 2010, we enjoyed an eleven night cruise from Komodo to Bali. We had great diving, outstanding service and tasty meals.

For nine passengers, there was a crew of nineteen. Some "cruise directors" put their personal photography ahead of attending to customers, but Mike Veitch did not. During dives, it was clear that Mike kept an eye on customers. He is very experienced, informative, and modest. He also has a nice sense of humor.

There a four large staterooms, that are double the size of cabins on most boats. Ours had a king bed, shower, separate enclosed room with a toilet, and two desks each with a chair. On a previous Damai trip in July, we had a similar cabin, but with the addition of a bathtub. A smaller fifth cabin went to our travel agent.

The Komodo-Bali route was an excellent itinerary. The fish were diverse and numerous. We saw turtles, sharks, trevally, barracuda, and muck diving critters. Cannibal Rock had dense fish and critter life, including a fan with three cute pygmy seahorses. We stayed an extra day here. And, mantas were hanging out at Manta Alley.

On the dive deck, forward, each diver has a personal seat, storage locker, and rinse tank for their camera. Shared dunk tanks for wetsuits and a fresh-water shower are on deck. The inside camera room space works well and provides adequate charging facilities.

There were four Dive Masters for nine passengers. Typically, three would go out for a dive, each assigned three passengers. They seemed to be putting out an extra effort to show critters to night divers. With this type of attention to divers underwater, you can feel comfortable bringing less experienced divers with you on a trip.

Our cruise was all inclusive. Nitrox, soft drinks, beer, modest dinner wine, laundry, massages, etc. were all included. So, there was no logging each soft drink on a tab and no large bill at the end of the trip.

The trip was great in every way. Even the weather was perfect. Some cabins have more engine noise than others, so if you are a light sleeper, ask your travel agent about which cabin would be best.
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