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Dive Review of Ocean Rover in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

Ocean Rover, Jul, 2005,

by Edith and John Summey, IL, USA . Report 2108.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving USA (FL, IL, NC, TX, MO, CA, Alaska), Canada(BC, Nanavut), Greenland, Carribbean(Bahamas, Turks&Caicos, Curacau, Bonaire, Belize, Mexico)Pacific(Socorro, CocosIsland , Galapagos, Tahiti, Truk Lagoon, Palau, Yap, Sipadan, Bali, N.Sulawesi, Phuket, Burma, PNG) Australia, Antartica, Mediterranean (Costa Brava, S. France, Corsica, Sardina, Italy), Red Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Per your level of training and computer
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 1 stars Tropical Fish 1 stars
Small Critters 1 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 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
UW Photo Comments The set up for photographers is ideal, both outside and inside the lounge. There is plenty of space for cameras and housings and for recharging. A computer is available to preview digital images if needed. The staff is helpful in every aspect of photo advice and assistance.

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Ocean Rover is a highly acclaimed world class liveaboard for good reason. It is the model for all other liveaboards to follow. A trip on the Ocean Rover by every liveaboard operator should be mandatory to learn just how divers should be valued and respected. It is no wonder that divers return again and again to the Ocean Rover. This was our third trip. Each trip just gets better and better. Every aspect of diving protocol is covered in a responsible way while preserving the integrity of diver independence and personal dive style. Divers are "monitored" discreetly rather than policed or controlled. Guests are assisted when such assistance is requested or needed, without imposition. Such service is offered with respect rather than as a method of manipulation. The attitude of helpfulness to each guest is characteristic of every member of the crew. There is always someone there to make you feel more comfortable, more relaxed, more satisfied. After just a day, the staff will think of what you need before you do and have it ready.
Ever since a fall on a dive boat back in 2003 that resulted in a back injury, I have needed assistance with lifting dive gear. The crew on Ocean Rover was most gracious in helping me manage and maneuver my dive and photographic equipment on and off the boat.
North Sulawesi is a diver's paradise brimming with marine life of a huge variety. You can find every type of subject matter from macro to wide angle, tiny critters in muck diving to large sponges and fans on vast walls. Hard and soft corals offer contrasts of color and texture as a backdrop for some of the most unusual fish on the planet. Set your Nitrox computer to the boat blend and stretch out your dive to the max and enjoy every minute. When you finish your Ocean Rover trip, it is not a question IF you will be back for another, but rather, it is a question of WHEN you will be back. North Sulawesi, East Malaysia, or Thailand -- where ever Ocean Rover roams, her divers will be enjoying a great adventure in the care of the best liveaboard crew on the bright blue sea.

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