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Dive Review of Grand Komodo -- Raja Ampat Explorer/Raja Ampat Explorer in
Indonesia/Papua

Grand Komodo -- Raja Ampat Explorer/Raja Ampat Explorer: "Whale Sharks at Cenderwash Bay", Nov, 2014,

by Steve Smith, TX, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7852 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Cocos, Palau, Truk, Tahiti, Cozumel, Cayman, Bonaire, Raja Ampat
Closest Airport Manokawari Getting There Jakarta then overnight flight to Makokwari with connection in Makassar. Jakarta-Manowwari fligth is on domestic airline that does not accept credit cards for reservations made outside of Indonesia.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Normal limits on pressure upon return
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Photograph table in dive area is limited in size and there is minimal enforcement of limitations for ot ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments This can only be described as a bucket list type diving trip. We went half way around the world for a five day dive trip that really centered around two days of diving at Cenderawash Bay's whale sharks and it was definitely worth it.

Travel consisted of flying to Jakarta with two days at the airport hotel to recover and adjust to the time change. We then joined the rest of our group for an overnight flight to Manokwari, West Papua. We were met at the airport by the ship's crew even though the group was spending the night at a local airport. The crew took us to our hotel and made certain that everyone had accommodations before leaving. The next morning they picked us up ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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