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Dive Review of Kararu in
Indonesia/Komodo

Kararu, Aug, 2005,

by Ron Jordan, AZ, USA . Report 1858.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Hawaii, Cozumel, Belize, ABC , sea of cortez
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 75 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We were on a 7 night trip from Bima to Komodo to Bali. My wife and I shared the Bridge deck state room. The room is much larger and has plenty of fresh air. Many people below complained about the smell of diesel fumes. The fumes were so bad that some people had to sleep in the common areas. There were also odors coming up from the toilet. They would come daily to deodorize and we would open the windows to air out the room. I was on a boat in Belize which has no odor at all. I don't have a lot to compare to, but the smell was very unpleasant.

On the other side of the coin, the staff was great. They did everything to make our stay the best it could be. The food was very good. I had a bad cold and one of the staff members gave me cold and flu medication. This definately saved my trip.

The diving was fantastic. The hard and soft corals were amazing. The diving was better than anything I have experienced. The variety of fish and the critters blew me away. Over all I loved the trip and would do it again. I would definately recommend paying for the bridge deck room. Hopefully the boat owners can improve some of the other problems.
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