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Dive Review of S/Y Indo Siren in
Indonesia/Papua

S/Y Indo Siren: "Good liveaboard with great crew and incredibly diverse diving", May, 2017,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, US (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 9 Helpful votes). Report 9596 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Asia; Carib; Mexico; Hawaii; Red Sea
Closest Airport Sorong (SOQ) Getting There Flights are often cancelled: use Garuda Indonesia for best chance at making your flight. Be sure to confirm via Internet as soon as you get close to shore!!! Lion/Batik Air has best reputation of the low-cost carriers and goes direct to CGK.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No specific restrictions if the dive guides thought you were competent; bad divers were watched and herded carefully. Rare time limits based on boat schedule.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
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 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Camera table space is limited, but otherwise cameras and UWPs are well-treated and well-accommodated. ... 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 4 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 4 stars
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Comments We boarded the Indo Siren in Sorong, a 3-hour flight from Jakarta to Papua (formerly Irian Jaya), the Indonesian province that comprises the western half of New Guinea (the eastern half is the independent country of Papua New Guinea). From Sarong airport, a 15-minute drive to the boat got us settled into our cabins very quickly and ready for the all-night crossing to Misool island for some great diving the next morning.

With 8 cabins and a maximum of 16 guests, the Indo Siren is not a crowded boat, but with 3 to 4 dives a day, the pace is relaxed. An early wake-up call around 6:30 starts the dive day with coffee and toast, followed by a first dive, a cooked breakfast, a second dive, lunch, and at least one more dive (and snacks) before dinner. Depending on boat logistics, a 4th evening dive (before dinner) may be availableon our trip, we managed a total of 31 dives across 9 days.

The Indo Siren is a bit tired and slow, but not unacceptably worn---it is more like a well-travelled ship that could use a bit of freshening. After our cruise she goes in to drydock for new engines and a round of sprucing up. It is ostensibly a sailing ship, but we never saw the sails up and the captain used the motor to make 6-7 knot/hour progress during our journey. Cabins are generously sized with individual air conditioners and bathrooms (toilet/sink/shower). Two cabins actually have queen-sized beds; others have twins that can be pushed together depending on guest needs. Rooms each had large individual flat-panel TVs and independent entertainment systems running off of ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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