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Dive Review of Moana in
Indonesia/Komodo

Moana, Jun, 2012,

by William Rogers, CO, US ( 2 reports). Report 6684.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Australia, Bahamas, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Fiji, Hawaii, Honduras, Indonesia (Bali, Flores, Komodo, Manado, Wakatobi), Mexico, Palau, Papua New Guinea (Walindi, Fabrina, Kavieng), Saba, Thailand (Phuket, Phi Phi), Turkey, Yap
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Largely left to dive your own profile.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments One fresh water rinse tank - shared for masks, etc. Adequate outlets.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We spent 5 days on Moana in late May/early June of this year and had a wonderful trip.

The Moana is a beautiful wooden phinisi schooner sporting five cabins and a spacious deck. Josh is the cruise director and is very capable. Crew is attentive and friendly. I think the website (www dot moanacruising dot com/en/) gives a pretty good picture of what you can likely expect.

We dove only the northern sites, but generally timed them all very well. We went with two children in tow (8 & 10) and picked Moana because having kids didn't cost quite as much as other boats and because they were welcome. We are also more inclined to wooden boats. The dive program is well run with thorough briefings and well trained crew. On our trip, there were only three other divers (five of us in all). Two dive masters on each dive. Like any trip to Komodo, the diving was spectacular.

Moana has no Nitrox and the cabins are a bit small and cramped. There is a hot water shower on deck, but none in the rooms. There is AC in the cabins, but not much air circulation down below otherwise. The food was certainly not gourmet, but it was fresh, good and plentiful. Dining was outdoors at the large table on deck. There is no real support for serious photographers - though casual ones such as myself had all we needed. It is a mid-priced liveaboard, but I think one that provides very good value.

We really enjoyed our time onboard. It was clear they were trying to make sure we had the best trip possible. I would recommend the Moana without hesitation.
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