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Dive Review of Pindito/N/A in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Pindito/N/A: "Raja Ampat Never Disappoints!", Apr, 2024,

by Gary & Robin Schiendelman, PA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 29 reports with 44 Helpful votes). Report 12968.

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White Board with Tender Assignments Salon Camera Room Nightly Recap White Board with Daily Schedule
Tender Boarding the Tender Top Deck Drying Lines Lookout Point
The Pindito Lookout Point

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 5 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments We have been to Raja Ampat a number of times so we knew the diving would be superb, and it was! This was our first trip on the Pindito. Itís a traditional Phinisi style and was one of the first liveaboards in Indonesia. Sheís been updated a number of times and, although not as luxurious as many, she is comfortable. The itinerary was Southern Raja Ampat, starting and ending in Sorong. We stayed the previous week at Papua Paradise Eco Resort and the Pindito arranged to have us picked up at the resort and brought directly to the boat. They transferred all of our dive gear from the resortís crates into the Pindito crates so we never had to pack up. It made the transfer very easy! We had a safety briefing once we arrived which outlined charging protocols, emergency exits from the cabins (all on the lower deck), muster stations and life jackets.

The cabins are somewhat small but there was enough room. Our cabin had one full size bed with a twin bunk, which we used for additional storage. The bed and pillows were pretty comfy and AC is individually controlled. There is also a fan in the room. The sink is in the main cabin while the toilet and shower are in a separate room. The shower is quite large by liveaboard standards. The doors into the toilet/shower room were wooden, double swinging doors. The wood is beautiful but we found them slightly annoying. However, given the space limitations in the room, they seem the best option. There is an outlet in the room that can be used for charging but, for safety reasons, only when you are present in the room. Towels were changed twice during our 12 day trip.

The eating area/lounge was very large, with tables set up around the perimeter for 5 or 6 people each. There are plugs that can be us ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Pindito   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, PNG, Solomon Isl, Red Sea, Maldives, South Africa, Mozambique, Cocos Isl, Galapagos, Socorro, Palau, Var Caribbean locations, New Jersey, Florida, No Carolina, Philippines, Fiji
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Via Qatar Air - Philadelphia to Doha to Jakarta and Garuda from Jakarta to Sorong

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Loosely reinforced time (60 min), stay in rec limits, no deco
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Nice camera room. Crew did a good job of being careful when transferring cameras to and from the tenders. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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