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Dive Review of Kararu in

Kararu, Jun, 2005,

by David Shem-Tov, NA, United Kingdom (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 1730.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 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 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments "Only on the Kararu!" crowed Tony Rhodes whenever the exceptional happened, was sighted, or experienced. And there was plenty of that on this trip.

Tony is one of the three directors of Kararu Dive Voyages, and he was aboard for this Komodo trip. Energetic and enthusiastic, Tony infected all of us - his excellent crew and the full boatload of passengers with his passion for some of the best coral and critter diving on this planet.

This was a large boat. Even though this was a full trip, sponsored by Bret Gilliam's FATHOMS magazine, one could always find a place to be alone - important on an 11 night trip. In fact, one of the best features of the boat is the generous outdoor space, which is much more enjoyable to dine and lounge in than the salon. Kararu operates what probably is the most comfortable liveaboard on the Komodo run. (We were moored next to the Pindito and the Komodo Dancer during this trip - both considerably smaller lacking a lot of the outdoor space of our boat.) The dive guides, cruise directors and boat crew are superb. The food was varied, plentiful and of high quality. This operation one of the best I have experienced. Highly recommended.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cocos, Galapagos, Palau, Truk, French Polynesia, Maldives, Red Sea, Mediterranean, UK, Norway,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 24-30°C / 75-86°F Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 6-40 M / 20-131 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Asked to stay out of deco and not to "suck their tanks dry". Solo diving allowed.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

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 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 Plenty of space, plenty of power outlets 110v-220v. Crew handled cameras well. A nice touch: lens recommendations were given prior to every dive.
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