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Dive Review of MV Ambai in

MV Ambai: "Great Diving in Raja Ampat", Mar, 2017,

by Susan Shaw, CA, US ( 1 report with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9552 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was a wonderful experience all the way around! I missed my flight but the cruise director made arrangements for me to join the boat even after they got started AND had a friend bring my bags (which didn't make it to Jakarta when I did) out to the boat. I rented their equipment so didn't miss any diving once there. The cruise director, Akim, was fabulous: very competent and organized, but also relaxed, funny, and responsive to people's needs. Great crew! Not everyone spoke English well but enough did, so we managed fine. We were very well-fed: two breakfasts, a huge lunch, with afternoon snacks, and a big dinner. Delicious and a lot of variety, with loads of fresh vegetables and fruit. We dove in groups of four with a dive guide. The guides were good at finding critters, especially tiny ones, and I got to see my first blue-ringed octopus!!! (We also had a manta breach right near the boat.) The water was not perfectly clear, as there was some plankton, but still good viz. The dive operation was efficient and well-run. There were a few areas where the current came up, but we were all outfitted with current hooks and helped when needed. The cabins were clean and comfortable, plenty of hot water. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Websites MV Ambai   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving California, Belize, Baja, Roatan, Bonaire, Fiji, Hawaii, Philippines
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There fly to Jakarta, then Makassar, from there to Sorong

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 78-84°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with the dive guide; dives lasted up to an hour; depths generally up to 100'
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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