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Dive Review of Pindito in
Indonesia/Banda Sea

Pindito, May, 2014,

by David E Reubush, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 48 reports with 16 Helpful votes). Report 7672 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belize, Bimini, Bonaire, Caymans, Curacao, Galapagos, Indonesia (Wakatobi, Raja Ampat, Komodo, Lembeh, Bali, Banda Sea), Philippines, Red Sea, Southern Bahamas, St. Thomas, Turks & Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 75 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max time approximately 60 minutes, come up with 500 psi
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales 1 or 2
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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments 2 large rinse tanks on the dive deck for cameras only. Camera room was pretty small, but had lots of outlets and people were very good about getting done what needed to b ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 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 2 stars
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Comments Edi Frommenwiler is one of the pioneers of live-aboard diving in Indonesia, having supervised the construction of the Pindito and started operation in 1992. As such, he and his crew (some of which have been with him for many years including the cook, who is also his sister-in-law and has been with him since the beginning) are some of the most experienced and the boat is one of the most sea-worthy of all the live-aboards currently in operation. The boat accommodates 16 divers. I was onboard from mid-April through early May for 2 back-to-back trips with Burt Jones of Secret Sea Visions and Hergen Spalink of Got Muck. The trip started in Ambon and the first leg ended in Saumlaki. The second leg started in Saumlaki and ended in Maumere. We basically covered most of the periphery of the Banda Sea.

This was, for the most part, an exploratory trip as most of the sites we visited were either rarely dived or had not been dived at all (to Edi, Burt, and Hergens knowledge). They studied charts and used rumors and comments from fishermen and locals to pick the sites.

In the first leg of the trip we found, mainly, pristine hard coral gardens, some with very large schools of fish. However, we did, on occasion, find spots where dynamite fishing had occurred which resulted in stretches of just coral rubble. On one occasion we attempted to dive on a seamount that was indicated on the charts. It turned out that we couldnt find the seamount so we drove the zodiacs to the nearest island and found a great dive site by chance. On the way out of the area that evening the Pindito found the seamount several miles from where it was indicated on the charts. Generally speaking, the first leg of the trip was a wide-angle photographers paradise. Water temperatures were typically 84 85, visibility varied from as low as 20 feet to well over 100 feet, and currents ranged from none to ripping.

The second leg of the trip had more pristine hard coral gardens, ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Dave Eagleray in ZZ, ID at Jul 24, 2014 05:25 EST  
Pindito is now listed as a liveaboard, as is this report. Thanks for reporting the problem -- DSE
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