The diving was awesome and so was the boat and crew! The water was 86F in December and there was tons of thriving coral and sea life -- a tropical paradise. The boat was clean, comfortable, spacious, beautiful, and enjoyable; and the food was delicious. The crew was very friendly and helpful and the diving staff was very professional, safety orientated, and FUN. I felt that they even customized the dive safari (type of diving sites, some kayaking, and brief land excursions) to meet the preferences of the specific divers that were aboard. THANKS again to Timo, Kathy and all of the crew! Best, Rich
Everything was excellent and I am not sure how I will ever find another live-aboard holiday to match the experience of the Indo Siren and Raja Ampat. Other divers on the boat who have dived in many of the other exotic parts of the world, stated that Raja Ampat would be difficult to better.
The water is very warm - 29 to 30c, I was very comfortable in a 2 5 mm shortie suit is all that is required but some divers f preferred a full suit simply for protection from scrapes etc and night diving. The wildlife is amazing - mantas, sharks, Dolphins, turtles and fantastic corals.
It is a long way to travel but worth all the effort and expense
From they picked us up at the hotel in Sorong, we felt that these people will take care of us. Their hospitality and friendship was outstanding. Nice cabins good food and marvelous diving with our dive guide Kathy. This organization can highly be recommended
i had an awesome experience. The staff was incredible the boat very clean, food was great with a lot of variety. The dive sites were amazing, the weather was perfect. I was in paradise.
This is my second time aboard the Indo Siren. The boat and crew were just as wonderful - if not even more attentive than my visit in 2014. Everything from the boat's cleanliness, to the delicious meals to the quality of the dive briefings and our guides in finding amazing critters went above and beyond the norm, and my norm is 5* Siren Fleet!
Raja Ampat itself was simply stunning. The cruise director was very flexible with our schedule as we were a group of photographers and wished to maximise the best light and visibility for our photos. We spent 6 days diving the southern area around Misool an 2.5 days diving the north around Mansour and the Dampier Strait. For the most part we concentrated on wide angle shots but our guides foundus some wonderful critters including pygmy seahorse-...
Without a doubt this has been my best liveaboard to date. All the staff on Indo Siren have cared for us exceptionally well. They are all professional and the extra attention to the finer details of making our holiday special shows. Every meal was delicious, every dive had something new to see. Warm towels and hot chocolate waiting for you after a night dive....... Wonderful! I will be back!
So often on a ten day liveaboard there will be a few dives that barely register as memorable; the Indo Siren safari in Raja Ampat offered spectacular diving on every occasion, dive after dive after dive. You didn't dare miss one for a very justifiable fear that you would miss out on a blue-ringed octopus or a brace of wobbegongs. The soft corals were outstandingly beautiful - breathtakingly colourful and in such pristine condition that it was a privilege to be in the same waters. The boat itself, like all the Siren Fleet was first class: excellent staff, facilities, accommodation and cuisine. If you haven't been yet, book that ticket!
Raja Ampat was the best place I've ever dived and exceeds its reputation for amazing diving. The Indo-Siren took us to numerous sites, all of which were outstanding. The crew was excellent at spotting all kinds of things including nudibranches, pygmy seahorses, frogfish, pipefish, etc. The food was excellent and catered to all tastes .
Raja Ampat seems to be on everyone's bucket list at the moment ... having completed a 9 day trip we can see why. We have dived all over the world and Raja has some of the best coral reefs that we have seen in terms of abundance of colours and sea life. Generally the reefs are in pristine condition and makes for a fantastic diving experience. We have never seen so many sea fans and pygmy seahorses ... photo and video opportunities are endless, whether it is wide angle or macro ... there really is something for everyone. We dived in both the North and South, and there is no better way to experience Raja Ampat than on the Indo Siren. The crew cater for all needs, are friendly and helpful and really make the trip. The Indo Siren is a divers boat with ample space for everybody, even when the...
Make no mistake this is a great boat with capable staff operating in a great area.
Areas for improvement might seem unfair given it *is* a boat but that's the difference between 4 and 5 stars.
Cabins are generally OK but it's the luck of the draw if you get one close to the (hot and noisy) engine-room or in the cooler but less spacey pointy end of the boat.
However these are nit picky things - the crew were extremely friendly and capable, food great and diving similarly so.
And it's the staff that make the difference - they were very very good.
Would I go again? Yes.
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