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Dive Review of S/Y Indo Siren in
Indonesia/Komodo Islands

S/Y Indo Siren: "Komodo: A bit of everything!", Jul, 2017,

by Raymond Haddad, QC, CA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9753 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Getting to the port in Bima Indonesia where the ship departs for the Komodo region from Montreal was a long trip: Montreal - Toronto - Seoul South Korea - Bali (we rested for two days)- Bima. The transfer from the Bima airport to the ship was very efficient. We were greeted by Luke the Cruise Director, very funny and great person. All of the Siren’s ships are “almost” identical. Therefore, I knew my way around in an instant since this was my second trip with them. The previous one was a year ago in the Philippines. We were sixteen divers and they divided us into three groups with a dive guide. The group along with the dive guide remained the same for the ten days. All dives are done by two very efficient skiffs drivers. Dive times ranged anywhere from 50 to 70 minutes. Since we did the ten day trip, were able to cover the entire Komodo Island region which is very diversified: muck diving, clear water diving c/w nice corals with tons of fish, drift dives, “greenish water”, manta cleaning station …just about every type of dive. I wore a 3mm when we were diving the northern part of the trip and as we went south the water got colder, therefore I used my 5 mm with a hood. Night diving was not very popular among this group. We only did two or three night dives which were not spectacular. When we finally arrived at Manta Alley which is the most southern portion of the trip, we had a very had experience with another “Chinese liveaboard”. The Siren’s dive briefing for this dive said: “do not approach the cleaning station, stay behind the rocks and stay at the bottom. Guess what a few “Chinese” divers did on the dive site ….They ruined the dive for everyone! We encountered a few dive sites were the current was quite strong, that is why they say follow your guide and do what he does. Overall the trip was fantastic, very efficient crew, polite and always willing to help. We did get off the ship a few times. Once to see the Komodo Dragon’s and twice on an island just to walk a bit on the beach and have a cold one.

Now for a few negatives issues:
• Rooms 7 and 8 a very noisy. To be avoided!
• The food is “very” average. Someone who has done many liveaboards in the region said that Siren’s food is like flying coach. I won’t get into many details but I lost 10 pounds. I am 6’2” and weigh 180 lbs (tall and skinny). I ate very little. Breakfast was the best meal of the day. Many guests including my wife got sick …
• The crew besides Luke the cruise director doesn’t mingle with the guest primarily because of the language barrier.
• If you need to get away from the heat, only place where A/C is available is in your room. The sun deck is hot with no shade. If you want to sit outside in the shade, the only place available is where you eat.
Websites S/Y Indo Siren   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Honduras, Australia, Palau, Fiji, Indonesia, Turks & Caicos, Maldives, Philippines, Cozumel, YAP
Closest Airport Bima Getting There Fly into Bali then Bima

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 75-82°F / 24-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 35-80 Ft/ 11-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Follow your assigned guide, maximum 100 feet, dive time 50 to 70 minutes.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments You get your won storage drawer, many 110 or 220 Volt outlets, a decent size table ... overall very acceptable.
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