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Pindito: "This will make you cry. Where are all the fish?", Mar, 2014,

by Daniel Benson, OR, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 7942 has 3 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 1 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 1 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was our second trip to Raja Ampat, and our 9th liveaboard trip. This itinerary started from Sorong and went to Ambon, which is the southern part of Raja Ampat.
The boat is showing its age. Our room was under the dive deck and the ceiling leaked! A room directly across the hall also leaked. The crew was accommodating as you would expect on a trip this expensive. However, the marine environment was a huge disappointment. A single manata on the entire trip of 2 weeks. A few Wobbeggon sharks. And a scattering of the usual suspects. But aside from this we saw little of importance. It was enough to make a grown man cry.
Two stories illustrate why there are so few critters.
First, the World Wildlife Fund or Nature Conservancy (we donate heavily to both) purchased an island and the sea around it as a marine sanctuary. When we dove on this hallowed ground we saw fresh fish hooks and lots of fishing line. When we asked the crew about that we were told: "If we confront fishermen about their trespassing they just tell us that we don't own the island or the water around it"!
The second: in a very remote port we saw a moderate sized freighter with electric generator running around the clock. We noticed Indonesian fishermen pulling up along side at times. As we asked what was going on we were told that the freighter was purchasing tuna from the local fishermen and then taking the tuna to . . . JAPAN!
The ministry of tourism was asked about these practices, and responded that the people had to make a living! This from the minister of tourism!
I sadly conclude that Indonesia simply doesn't value what they have. Until I learn differently, I'll spend the ten grand for a dive vacation in a place that appreciates what they have.
The northern route from Helmahera to Sorong produced much more plentiful and diverse marine life.
The Pindito offers free dive gear for guests. Take them up on that offer! Several members of our group racked up airline overweight charges of $75.00 - $250.00. (Garuda airlines charges an arm full to tuna if you're overweight!)
We went business class (had to in order to get there on time) so no overweight charges for us!
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Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Sipidan, Philippines, Red Sea, Hawaii, United States, Caribbean.
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There Go through Singapore then direct flight to Manado thence to Sorong. OR you could go through one of the world's worst airports: Jakarta Indonesia and on to Sorong from there. Either way it's an ordeal

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 79-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Be safe.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 1 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments We filled the boat with photographers, so the photo room was crowded. Some had to set their cameras up in the main Solon, some in their cabins and a few lucky individuals got camera stations.
Crew did a fine job taking care of gear.
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By carl berenson in WA, US at Dec 15, 2014 20:04 EST  
at what point in your ambon raja journey did you notice the tuna boat loading up with tuna? Just curious as to the region you were in...if you can id it. thanks.
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