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Dive Review of S/Y Indo Siren in
Indonesia/Banda Sea

S/Y Indo Siren: "Great Diving in Indonesia But Not A Great Value", Oct, 2017,

by Angela Richards Dona, HI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 9892 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Raja Ampat, Philippines: Southern Visayas and Honda Bay, Micronesia, Fiji, Egyptian Red Sea, Hawaii, Bonaire, Turks & Caicos, Bahamas, Cozumel, etc.
Closest Airport Maumere Getting There From Honolulu no easy feat. HNL to Taipei to Denpasar, Bali to Maumere. Return Sorong to Makassar to Bali to Taipei to Tokyo to Honolulu. China Airlines was excellent, Garuda very good, Sriwijaya Air was adequate.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 22 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions 60-70 minute dive times
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments There is really only room for a few UWPs. But the important point is that there IS r ... 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 2 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 3 stars
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Comments Every diver knows there are three important aspects of a dive trip: Eating, Sleeping, and Diving. This is what we pay for and the amount we paid for the Siren gave us high expectations. The Indo Siren took care of one (1) of those expectations (diving) really well and the other two were...well, not so good.

If you consider only the diving, there is a lot to like about Siren cruises. Of course, one does not book a trip with the same company four times if the operation is terrible. That said, we booked two cruises with them (Tubbataha, Banda Sea) right after the second cruise (Raja Ampat) since we enjoyed the Indo Siren second cruise so much. We encountered more problems on the third cruise but by then we were already booked for the fourth and we were reasonably optimistic the company would make the necessary changes. We no longer have any such illusions.

We just returned from our fourth and longest Siren cruise and it is likely our last. That is not to say we hated it. We did enjoy some of it, but there are issues that we have encountered -- to varying degrees on each of the cruises -- that have not improved (after numerous attempts to communicate with the company about them). Our primary issues are with the food and with how the boat is managed. These things greatly affected the enjoyment of our vacation.


The good:
Diving in Indonesia
Competence of dive guides
Diving deck and kit set up
Wetsuit rinsing after every dive
Nitrox incorporated into price
Dinghy drivers
Dive ops, in general
Camera set up stations
Compressor crew
Serving crew
Crew, in general
Cabin size

The bad:
Food for vegetarians
Loudly creaking cabins
Overworked crew
Cramped crew quarters
Dive guides with attitude


Dive
We really like the dive ops on this boat - from setting up gear on Day 1 to breaking it down on the last day. The crew does a fantastic job. We did not have to worry about anything and most of them do their jobs with a smile. The diving in Indonesia is generally great, however, we saw a lot of plastic in the water floating at the surface and entangled on reef structures. The plastic problem was noted in 2014 and has not improved. This is most unfortunate but has nothing to do with the Siren. It is simply a reality of Indonesia. All diving locations were excellent with the exception of the island of Manuk, ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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