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

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by John Woolley, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 6401
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Puget Sound, Australia, Honduras, Belize, Saba,Thailand, Philippines,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Because of the possibility of currents, dives followed the plan explained
by the dive masters.  This was just fine, as they knew what they were doing
and the marine diversity is amazing.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
We are amateurs when it comes to photography.  Accommodation for us was
just fine; not really sure for those that are serious.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
No doubt like many Undercurrent readers, I'm getting old and jaded, and
enter most excursions without expectations (don't want to be let down). 
So, having read a lot about Raja Ampat, I tried not to be overly excited. 

If I'd let myself have any expectations, they would have been exceeded, in
spades!  What a fantastic experience.  Great boat, fantastic fellow divers,
and marine diversity that is second-to-none.  We have a picture of a
Wobbegong shark at ease on on an eight foot coral "leaf" that
still amazes me.

Grand Komodo lived up to its reputation, with a fantastic crew; Indonesians
are so very friendly, polite, and fun.  Indonesian food (while not as
wonderful as Thai) is still incredibly tasty.  And as usual, a spread at
each meal.

There are other boats which are likely more luxurious.  Grand Komodo is
just right for us.  As a returned Peace Corps volunteer (many years ago), I
much prefer boats owned by people in-country.  A little bit funky, but
still pretty splendid, with everything done for you by the incredibly
helpful crew.  Again, what a wonderful experience.  

Undercurrent readers should feel free to e-mail me about the details of
getting there.  Bottom-line is plan on a couple of days, as it is a trek. 
We purposely spend four days getting to Papua, and arrived rested and full
of energy.  I'd recommend that.
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