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Dive Review of ADVENTURE KOMODO in
Indonesia

ADVENTURE KOMODO, Jan, 2003,

by JERRY TUTTLE, AZ, United States of America (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 1171.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 26-50 dives
Where else diving PAPUA NEW GUINEA THREE TRIPS, SOLOMONS 2 TRIPS, AUSTRALIA GBR 4 TRIPS, INDONESIA THREE TRIPS-- ALL WERE ON LIVEABOARDS
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions STAY WITHIN REC DIVE LIMITS
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments A LITTLE CROWDED IF ALL DIVERS ARE PHOTOGRAPHERS, BUT THE CREW WAS PUTTING SOME THOUGHT INTO BETTER ACCOMODATING PHOTOGRAPHERS. NO E-6 PROCESSING, WELCOME TO THE DIGITAL AGE.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments THIS IS THE MOST COMFORTABLE BOAT THAT I HAVE HAD THE GOOD FORTUNE TO DIVE FROM. FOOD WAS GOURMET, WITH THE PRESENTATION OF A FIVE STAR RESTAURANT. STAFF WAS SUPER FRIENDLY AND HELPFUL. DIVE CREW UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF TH ONE AND ONLY LARRY SMITH WAS TERRIFIC. OF COURSE DIVING WITH LARRY SMITH IS AN EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME. HE CAN ALWAYS FIND THE MOST UNUSUAL AND SURPRISING CRITTERS. I MOST CERTAINLY SAW CRITTERS THAT I HAVE NEVER SEEN BEFORE AND PROBABLY WILL NEVER SEE AGAIN.
OUR TRIP LEFT FROM BALI AND TRAVELED THROUGH KOMODO AND ON TO KUPANG ON TIMOR WHERE WE LEFT THE BOAT AND FLEW BACK TO BALI. THE ONLY DISAPPOINTING ASPECT OF THE TRIP WAS THE FISH BOMBING DAMAGE IN WHAT WAS ONCE THE PRISTINE REEFS OF SUMBA AND SAVU. MY ONLY REGRET WAS THAT I COULD NOT CONTINUE ON AS THE BOAT MADE ITS WAY TO RADJA EMPAT IN IRIAN JAYA. PS THE BALINESE ARE GREAT AND THEY ARE WANT THE AMERICANS BACK. DON'T GIVE IN TO THE TERRORISTS.
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