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

Grand Komodo -- Raja Ampat Explorer: "Raja Ampat Explorer", Oct, 2014,

by Mike Szathmary, OH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 8047.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Throughout Caribbean, Florida, North Carolina, Australia, New Zealand
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There No travel difficulties except for the fact it takes a long time to get there.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No limits
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 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 The main area for photographers was in the salon and not on the dive deck. This worked out ... 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 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments The travel: Coming from mid-US, the trip is a marathon. Expect to spend a minimum of 30-36 hours to get to Sorong. Most of the flights and airlines were reliable. If you have a choice between Garuda and Expressair in Indonesia, pick Garuda. Garuda doesn't charge extra for overweight luggage if it's dive gear.

The country: Having never been to that part of the world I had no idea what to expect except for what I have read in Undercurrent and other sources. Once there I found the people to be friendly and never felt threatened in any way. Except on the roads, where the myriad scooters were like missiles. Overall, we found the hospitality of the Ind ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By carl berenson in WA, US at Jun 14, 2015 11:42 EST  
i totally agree with this review as my husband and myself were on this trip.....tho my name does not look like a wife name...
By carl berenson in WA, US at Jun 14, 2015 11:42 EST  
i totally agree with this review as my husband and myself were on this trip.....tho my name does not look like a wife name...
By carl berenson in WA, US at Jun 14, 2015 11:42 EST  
i totally agree with this review as my husband and myself were on this trip.....tho my name does not look like a wife name...
By Jeff Moore in FL, US at Sep 18, 2015 21:59 EST  
I, also was on this boat in May 2014. I agree with everything said.My only disappointment was no desserts were served. Had I known this, I would have asked to be dropped off at a bakery as I arrived in Sorong and bought my own. I had no problem sneaking overweight carry on baggage on Express Air [it'spricey!!!].
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