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Dive Review of Samambaia in
Indonesia/Komodo

Samambaia: "Fabulous Liveaboard, Crowded but Good to Great Diving", May, 2018,

by Lisa C. Evans, CO, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 10561.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This boat is relatively new, and it was beautiful, comfortable, and they had taken care of many of the small things that can bug you about a liveaboard. Divemasters went nice and slowly and were very good at finding things and managing the dive. Cruise Director was excellent - personable, helpful attitude, fluent in Bahasa Indonesia so he communicated well with the crew.

A typical Komodo trip, I think. I was last there in 2014 and there were literally at least twice as many boats this time. We did have great manta action down south - though we could only stay for one day because of winds. Lots of big fish, turtles, mall fish. Some coral doesn't look as healthy as I remember, but some looked great.

Dive log only shows a few sharks (white-tipped reef) on one dive.

Water except in the south was warm enough for a 3mm shorty (and I get cold easily.)

The 2 days from Maumere would be better spent in Komodo.

I will be going on this boat again - it was a great experience!
Websites Samambaia   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving GBR, Philippines x 5, Raja Ampat x 3, Komodo, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Lembeh, Caribbean, Bali, Palau, Yap, Red Sea, Maldives, Ambon, Sulawesi, etc
Closest Airport Maumere Getting There Fly through Denpasar.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 77-85°F / 25-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions We generally stayed with the divemaster, generally about an hour dive.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I didn't take my camera, but the camera room was quite nice. Not huge, but well equipped with several stations and shelves.
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