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Dive Review of Dive Damai in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Dive Damai: "Spectacular diving , so so operator", Dec, 2017,

by Regina roberts, CA, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 10080 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ 2 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Did a 10 day liveaboard on the Damai 2 from Sorong. The food, diving, most of the crew and accommodations were great. The currents are strong and marine life is incredible. However, I had an issue with one paticular dive guide. He would race from one reef/coral head to another, tap me to follow him when I was taking photos to see something else and left me to surface alone in a heavy boat traffic area while he explored a reef on his own.
I asked the cruise director Silven, not to assign him to me anymore. He agreed after some condensention about how Adri was his best guide. The other guides were wonderful.
I thought the issue was settled until the last 1 1/2 days they again assigned him to me. I thought maybe he will be different, but no.
To make a long story short, I contacted the owner, Alberto. Mind you this is not a cheap operation. A 10 day trip is $6200 plus tips, airfares, hotels, etc.
Alberto was worse in his response than the cruise director. I believe sexism played a role in their responses and therefore would not recommend this operation. I am so sad that a few jerks made what was otherwise a trip of a lifetime end on such a downside.
Do go to Raja Ampat, but take care on who you sign up with.
Websites Dive Damai   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving California, Hawaii, Mexico, Caribbean, Philippines
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Flights

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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 Nice dedicated camera room
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