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“A very happy boat.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Divine Diving

Divine Diving
Jl. Soekarno Pelabuhan no 1 | Komodo, Labuan Bajo, Flores 86554, Indonesia
+62 (0) 385 41948
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Ranked #2 of 31 Activities in Labuan Bajo
Type: Water sports, Adventure
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Owner description: Daytrips and Divesafari in Komodo National Park with Divine Diving Divine Diving is an informal and professional divecentre in Labuan Bajo. We can only survive unless our guests are satisfied. That’s why we choose to be small, to give them the extra service they are looking for. Komodo National Park is a present of Mothere Nature, the rest is up to us. Our daytrips and safari encompass all dive sites of Komodo Islands plus a walk with the Komodo Dragons with a level of service and comfort that is difficult to find at this price point.
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“A very happy boat.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

We were with Divine Diving for three weeks, and so are in a very good position to appraise the operation.

Booking via internet was smooth and transparent.

Day diving in Komodo is different to diving in many other places.Two factors have to be considered; the commute, and the currents.

The commute in a small boat would be onerous. This company's boat, Naring, is excellent, offering shade, a place to lie in the sun if needed, a large area for preparation, food which whilst not restaurant quality is about the best you are going to get on a dive boat, and enough size to not be rocked around too much by any swell on windy days. Best of all, they gave me a box for my camera, which I love more than anything in the whole world.

The currents range from zero to scary. All divers, from Divemaster to novices with fewer than 10 dives were put in groups of similar ability, taken to the appropriate part of the dive site (more or less sheltered), and given an excellent briefing. My feeling is that everybody felt safe, even in difficult conditions (we found on three occasions that Komodo can bite back, and your guide had better know what they are doing). The crew and dive guides have an excellent knowledge of currents, and are able to read conditions, plan dives accordingly, and communicate dive plans in many languages. This is done with humor and respect for the environment; no pushing creatures about with sticks so that they can be seen or photographed.

The atmosphere is warm and friendly.

I am sure that there are many good companies in Labuan Bajo. My advice would be that in Bunaken, for example, the quality of the boat and crew are immaterial as long as it floats, as the commutes are short, the dive plans simple, the chances of getting picked up excellent as the area is crowded, the currents predictable. Not so Komodo. The dive boat is everything, and safety is a real consideration. Divine Divers are excellent in these crucial aspects, a really safe operation. You are not having fun if you are scared.

Bring a book to read or a kindle. The levels of comfort are such that the commutes are a pleasure, so bring your camera (sunsets, landscapes) and expect to make some friends.

Thanks, Marij, and all the crew. We love you.

Visited July 2013
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“Must use this company!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2013

My husband and I did a 3day/2night liveaboard, and had an amazing experience. The dive sites are world class, Neils (the instructor) gives a great briefing so you know what to look for and what the site looks like. The boat is great...only 8 people on our trip and it was perfect. Enough space for everyone. Rooms are actually cozy and cute! Delicious food (fresh seafood everyday..yum), with unlimited tea, coffee and juice whenever you want it. We were pleasantly surprised by all the non-diving extras- of course the komodo visit, but also watching the flying bats at sunset, and hiking on another island for a panoramic view of the islands. I highly recommend this company...great value for the money. **FYI- Neils can be quite "dry"...so don't expect too much excitement or enthusiasm from him....but he's a super safe guide, so it's a trade-off**

Visited August 2013
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“Really Great Live Aboard Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

I took a 2 night 3 day live aboard trip with DD and really enjoyed it. From the moment we got onto the boat you could tell it was a really well run organization. Neils our dive instructor talked us through everything on the boat and expectations when diving. Before each dive we had a really good dive briefing. The boat is really nice and the rooms are great to sleep in and comfortable and clean. The food on the boat was really tasty and there was a wide variety to suit everyone (chicken, fish, vegetables, rice, noodles, french fries, fruit, snacks, orange drink, tea, coffee etc). The schedule was pretty packed so you got do a lot of dives and other activities like seeing the thousands of flying foxes taking off at sunset, the Komodo dragons on Rinca Island, another small hike and 9 dives all in the 3 days.Really good value for money, great atmosphere on the boat and over all a really enjoyable trip.

Visited August 2013
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“Three day liveaboard amazing AMAZING ! Great value for money and you'll never forget it !!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

We did a three day liveaboard with Divine Diving. Our dive guide was Neils very experienced diver.
Boat was lovely. Nice cosy cabins, great food, beautiful chill out area and sun deck.
Dives are amazing, brilliant marine life.
We did two night dives and also the visit to Rinca island to see the dragons. Sunset watching the flying foxes !
Could not say enough good about this company, will be back !!'

Visited August 2013
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“Loved it!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Divine diving is really divine!! We did the 2 nights/3 days liveaboard in Komodo Nat. Park and the experience was wonderful! Good service and overall very secure with all diving standards. This was our best pick!

Visited August 2013
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