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Dive Review of Diving4Images in
Indonesia/Bali, Komodo

Diving4Images, Jun, 2003,

by Jon Bertsch/Rosemary Chengson, CA, USA . Report 536.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia (Bali, N. and S. Sulawesi), California, Honduras, Bonaire, Sea of Cortez
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 73 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Come back with some air
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 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 On the Pelagian there's a camera room with 120/240 outlets. Good amount of room for cameras, on-board developing if required. Large rinse tanks. Crew was carfeful with equipment.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We did a few day dives in Bali and then a ten day cruise on the Pelagian with Graham from Diving4Images. Excellent guide with a talent for spotting hard to find subjects. Tell him what you want to find and he'll go looking or tell you where to try.

Diving was mostly black sand/muck diving. In Bali did some day dives near Padang Bai, lots of critters but the reef is nothing special. On the cruise travelled from Bali through Sumbawa to Komodo. Four dives a day including a night dive every night. Critter diving was excellent. We saw just about everything. New nudibranchs on almost every dive. Hunting cuttlefish, octopus (including blue-ringed), squid. Wasp fish, Pegasus sea moths, stargazers, Inimicus, Rhinopias, frog fish, eels, snakes, turtles, sharks, manta, two pygmy seahorse species. A huge variety of crustaceans. Did a couple of dives in new spots around Rinca and saw sharks and some large marble rays. Didn't see large schools of fish in general but around Komodo and Rinca there where some big grouper, travallies, Napolean Wrasses, barracuda and schools of jacks.

Water temp in Komodo area was 73-79F and you really needed a 7mm suit with a hood to be comfortable. The rest of the time it was low 80's and 3mm was fine. Currents and viz were variable. In Horseshoe Bay (Rinca) viz was around 20-30 ft with lots of junk in the water. Around other sites viz was up to 100ft, but mostly in the 30-40ft range.

All in all an excellent cruise and a great time diving in Bali. If you are going to Bali and want a guide for the area I highly recommend Graham. If you want to go on a cruise he does charters on the Pelagain and other boats. This was Graham's first on the Pelagian and it was superb. We can't wait to go back
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