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Dive Review of KLM Euphoria in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

KLM Euphoria: "Raja Ampat Liveaboard Euphoria", Nov, 2016,

by Lynn Klassen, BC, CA ( 1 report with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9474 has 3 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

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

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 28 to 29 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 1 hour max bottom time
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Not set up for photographers ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 1 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 Euphoria Nov/Dec 2016
Boarded the Euphoria in Sorong on November 23, 2016 and disembarked the vessel on December 4, 2016
We were in the second of two groups of Canadian scuba divers that traveled Raja Ampat for 11 days on the live aboard Euphoria. The trip was originally booked approximately 2 years previous. We were a late booking as one of the original couples had to back out of the trip at the last minute. We took over their space on the trip in July of 2016 as it was a destination we had been reading about and this was an opportunity to finally get there.
Overall we found the condition of the boat to be acceptable. The housekeeping crew kept the staterooms and common areas clean and tidy. We found the dive guides and boatmen to be hard working and willing to do anything that was asked of them as long as it was within their realm to approve the request. The only issue with the crew that we had would be with the cook who we were told was a last minute replacement for the trip.
Our hopes that what was to be the trip of a lifetime were diminished by the self-described part owner/manager of the operation. One would expect that a person in the position of ownership or manager would lead by example and go out of his way to make sure that his guests left his boat at the end of their trip wanting to recommend his boat to friends in the diving community. We left the boat after counting down the last days to when we would get back to land.
Since getting off the boat I have been trying to put together the words that would accurately and fairly describe our live aboard experience on the Euphoria. As I wrote earlier we have no issues with the majority of the crew as they did whatever they could to make our experience memorable. I believe most will agree that the food is probably the most important aspect of life on a boat. At the beginning of the trip we found the food palatable but by about the halfway point in the trip it became mundane. You can only eat essentially the same me ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Jim Willoughby in OR, US at Oct 14, 2017 21:54 EST  
Our group charted this boat in April of 2016 and this trip report is almost exactly the same as if I had written it myself. There certainly has been no improvement in the operations if the same conditions exist 10 months later.
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