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Dive Review of MV Samambaia in
Indonesia/Banda Sea, Forgotten Islands

MV Samambaia: "Remote Area Searching for Sharks", Oct, 2019,

by Lisa C. Evans, CO, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 23 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 11702.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 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 This was my second time on the Samambaia, which is a beautiful, comfortable boat. This itinerary is quite remote, and involves remote small islands, sea mounts, and conditions for advanced divers (changing currents, deep dives.) The first half of the trip was spent, in large part, looking for hammerheads, though that was complica ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving GBR, Philippines x 5, Raja Ampat x 3, Komodo, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Lembeh, Caribbean, Bali, Palau, Yap, Red Sea, Maldives, Ambon, Sulawesi, etc
Closest Airport Saumlaki Getting There Jakarta to Ambon to Saumlaki

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Camera room was pretty small, but convenient to the dive deck. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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