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Dive Review of Tambora in
Indonesia/Sorong to Ambon

Tambora: "Raja Ampat to Ambon - lots of variety", Oct, 2017,

by Lisa C. Evans, CO, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 21 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 9894 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 2 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was a 10.5 dive day liveaboard starting in Sorong, diving Misool and other nearby Raja Ampat sites for 3 days, then across the Seram Sea to the Banda Sea and Ambon Island.

Pros: Very good dive briefings on the boat. Guides always checked current from tenders, which was great. Honest and open discussion of options by cruise director/owner. Some truly fabulous sites, including one new one in the Banda Sea. Visibility in Misool was disappointing - second time this has happened to me.

Comfortable rooms - ours was small but had better storage space than most. Food was decent - some great dishes, some okay. Good variety. Nice homemade breads. Stuck to dive schedule, 4 dives per day when itinerary allowed a night dive.

Lots of variety in dive sites - one small island in the Banda sea had one dive with humongous barrel sponges, another with huge elephant ear sponges. We had dives with soft corals, hard corals, amazing variety. Only a couple muck dives - Banda Neira to see Mandarin fish and dive black sand, 2 dives on the last day at Ambon Bay.

Cons: Although we had 4 divers/guide, one guide was a trainee, so his group was with another all the time - which meant 8 divers in a group. Guides were good at finding things, but dug around in the bottom a lot to find crabs and put them out for people to take photos of - highly unethical in my view. Who wants a picture of a crinoid crab sitting out on a sponge anyway? Guides sometimes didn't monitor divers very much - which had pros and cons (could dive own profile, but if you were struggling to keep up on a long swim in current, they didn't notice...)
Websites Tambora   

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, etc
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There They do many itineraries. To start in Sorong, fly from Jakarta, Manado, Denpasar.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Reasonable group diving, 4 divers per guide, though sometimes groups ended up together. Didn't have to follow guide. Everyone went up when they needed to; guide monitored if they were in the group. Guides stayed down til last diver surfaced.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small camera room - most people had small rigs, which was good - otherwise there would not have been enough space at all. Light not great in camera room. Shelves not protected - suggested putting rigs on floor during transit nights - luckily it was generally calm. Good care taken by crew with cameras.
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