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Dive Review of S.M.Y. Ondina in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

S.M.Y. Ondina, Oct, 2005,

by Paulino Gonzalez, FL., USA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 2160.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas Tiger Shark M/V Shearwater, Aruba, West Palm Beach, Fla. keys, West Coast Fla., Puerto Rico.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Use of Computers, No deeper than 130 feet.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments 220/60 cycles electricity,plus voltage stabilizer of 110 volts available.Huge camera rinse tanks.E-6 Processing,DVD Player, TV Monitor for U/W video.Extremely well set up for photographers. No internet available due the remoteness of the place.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Excellent crew that tries very hard to make the trip enjoyable for all. This trip was led by DEBBIE FUGGITT, for photographers and she picked the best dive sites and u/w conditions to maximize the experience. Ricard Buxo the boat captain and director made very good use of the time and scheluded dives to coincide with mild currents for maximal fish action. Our divemaster David went in the water before every dive to make sure of the direction of the currents and water condition.You never had to carry your tanks or set up your gear after the first time. I felt the crew did all the hardwork, so that we could use our energy for max diving enjoyment.Every day we did 3-4 day dives and one night dive. The trip lasted 10 days. The only regret is that the airplane trip was too long over 24 hours flying, this helps explain why only less than 100 divers a year get to see this remarkable place.Bring a twelve inch reef point stick or reef hook so as not to touch the reef. As Dr.Gerald Allen and Roger Steen pointed out this is the center of bio-diversity of the world oceans.
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