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Dive Review of Samambaia Liveaboard in
Indonesia/Flores / Alor

Samambaia Liveaboard: "Adventure Diving in Flores / Alor Indonesia", Aug, 2019,

by Lenny Zwik, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports with 6 Helpful votes). Report 11119.

Photos Submitted with this Report

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The salon. The stairs lead down to the cabins Anchored off one of the many villages we saw. Covered sun deck.
The dive deck. The crew scampering up the rigging to unfurl the sails. Beautiful boat
One of many Indonesian sunsets. One of the dive tenders next to the ladder.

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 1 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The Samambaia is a wooden boat built in the Phinisi style about four years ago. It is immaculate and beautiful. The diving is done from two tenders which are accessed from a ladder ending in a platform that extends down the starboard side of the boat. The crew hauls the gear from the tenders back to the boat after every dive, refills the tanks, Nitrox is free and is used on every dive if you're certified for it. Some 100 cu ft tanks are available for $60. To reboard the tenders you hang on to a rope line along either side, hand up your weights, slip out of your gear and push ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Samambaia Liveaboard   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Chuuk, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Raja Ampat, widespread Caribbean, BVI, USVI, Bonaire
Closest Airport Maumere Getting There Although the flights all went off without a hitch, travel to Indonesia is not for the faint hearted. Austin to Seattle to Seoul to Denpassar to Maumere. The return trip required a 10 hour layover in Seoul. It seems, at least on Delta and AA, that it's impossible to avoid a long layover in Seoul.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 71-77°F / 22-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-100 Ft/ 9-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None, but you'd be wise to stick with your dive guide.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments I am not a photographer, but the facilities were outstanding. There wasn't a camera table, but rather ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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