Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

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

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by LP, NSW, AUSTRALIA (1 report)
Report Number 5827
Subscribers: Submit Your Reader Report Here
Subscribe Now Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.
Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Fiji, Bali, Mexico, Honduras 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
28   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Deco  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or  
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
N/A  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
I can't stress enough how good Grand Komodo are and the respect they had
from other dive operators in the region. They're all locals and apparently
other dive companies have tried (and sometimes succeeded) in poaching Grand
Komodo divemasters. They're that good. The operation itself was so smooth
and our chef Aji, who used to work at an upmarket restaurant in Bali for 7
years was spectacular and while i might not be the most experienced diver I
know my food. I am already planning my next dive trip with Grand Komodo in
the Komodo/Flores region (more big fish). 

So while I'm not as experienced a diver as many people reviewing on this
site I have been fortunate enough to do most of my diving in world class
spots and I would be lying to say I wasn't disappointed with the number of
larger fish. Talking to the locals, they agree that the articles and
"buzz" about Raja Ampat have been mostly marketing and that it
was never a PNG. Shark Fining only stopped in 2007 and the marine
conservation zones boundaries have only just been agreed upon, let alone
enforced. Talking to a marine biologist working on that project, she feels
that it will probably take 10-20 years to get back to a full food chain but
she's worried tourism will likely be rampant by that time. 

Still, sites like Cape Kri, Manta Point and the Fibbacet reefs were truly
spectacular with huge schools of so many species in the one spot, it was
mind boggling!! It was worth it for that plus we had a full 1 hr dive with
several Manta Rays that brushed us they were so inquisitive. Just don't
expect other dive sites to match up. The corals, small fishes and critters
were as you've heard and abundant across many dive sites but if your into
seeing bigger pelagics, don't put Raja Ampat at the top of your list. 
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 895 dive reviews of Indonesia and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Other dive reports on Grand Komodo

All Indonesia Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to Indonesia
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams Travel
Island Dreams specializes in dive travel to Indonesia. We've dived it many times ourselves, and stand ready to customize your Indonesia scuba diving adventure.
Scuba Dive Asia -- The Dive Travel Experts
SCUBA DIVE ASIA - The Dive Travel Experts
for Asia, Pacific & Africa. Dive vacations for individuals, groups, photo clubs & dive centers.

Want to assemble your own collection of Indonesia reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.


Want to get more articles like these and
other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email?
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update, and a sample issue!


Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.

fc