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Dive Review of Wallacea in
Indonesia

Wallacea: "Raja Ampat/Wallacea Live Aboard", Jan, 2016,

by keith brashear, FL, US ( 1 report). Report 8815.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I have dove Indonesia before but only after doing contract work in SE Asia. Flying half way around the world for a 12 day dive is a bit far of a trip for a dive. Raja Ampat is different from the rest of Indonesia as far as weather, so be sure to check the time of year you are planning to go to make sure conditions will be suitable. Having said that, Indonesia offers great diving and wonderful people and a good time. Water Temps on this dive were fine enough for me that I chose not to wear a wet Suite, but if you so chose to wear one . . .3mm would be fine

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Florida, Mexico, Belize Saba, Rotan, Caribbean, Indonesia
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There US-Singapore-Jakarta-Sorong

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 83-87°F / 28-31°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy system, stay with group, bottom times around 1 hour
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments UWP have a goodtime doing their thing. More power to them.
However, I would like to see a live Aboard offer a trip now and then which does not allow UWP. On full boat, the UWP's tend to bunch up, flashes and lights going everywhere and limit views and sights for those who are not taking pictures but just want to enjoy the UW scene. It would be nice to know that there is a trip where just those wanting to look at the whole scene and not just thru a view finder could do so and not be bothered by the camera bugs. My Opinion
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