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Dive Review of Murex/Serenade liveaboard in
Indonesia/N. SULAWESI

Murex/Serenade liveaboard, Oct, 2007,

by Eldon Okazaki, ca, usa (Top Contributor Top Contributor 44 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 3696.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Palu, PNG, Fiji, Hawaii, Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 83 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions time usually less than 1 hr. except 2 dive sites had over 65 min.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments no pro photogs were on that trip;
lots of ops.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Serenade had space for 12 divers but only 6 were on that trip.
Food was good and plenty. They charge for beer and sodas (normal).
The ship usually moved at night or 5 AM when the captain could see; the motor was loud; there was A/C but no hot water. The crew was very helpful. But, at Manado airport, the corrupt customs officers claimed that my passport was full ( last 2 pages were empty; post trip, US passport agency says when you get to last 4 pages, then it's full); so they wanted $600US or I go back to Singapore. They got only US$210 --I had monies in other pockets. So, the crew got no tip; Lonely Planet book on Indonesia does not mention gratuities.
Tono was the divemaster; he was good for dive spots and finding creatures --esp., a black-hair sea horse at Lembeh; only 1 white tip shark that week. Some sites had many fishes and abundant sea life/ coral. 2 dives were repeated at Bunaken when I stayed following week at Bastiano resort
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