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

December, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by michael harder, hi, usa (2 reports)
Report Number 5311
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
all over the world
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy  
Seas
calm, surge, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
NO RESTRICTIONS.  PADI RESTRICTIONS SUGGESTED, BUT NOT ENFORCED  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
no 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  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
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
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
GRAND KOMODO DIVE BOATS ..........INDONESIAN PARADISE

I JUST FINISHED A 15 DAY TRIP WITH GRAND KOMODO ON THEIR NEWEST BOAT, THE
RAJA AMPAT EXPLORER.  THE TRIP WAS FANTASTIC.  WE DID HAVE SOME BAD
VISIBILITY ON SOME DIVES, BUT THAT WOULD BE NORMAL FOR MOST DIVE TRIPS. 
THIS WAS MY 13TH OR 15TH TRIP WITH GRAND KOMODO, AND I DO NOT KNOW WHY
ANYONE WOULD CHOOSE ANOTHER COMPANY TO DIVE WITH IN INDONESIA.  IT IS TRULY
INDONESIA..........ALL OF THE CREW AND SUPPORT PEOPLE ARE FROM INDONESIA,
SO YOU WILL REALLY EXPERIENCE THE CULTURE OF INDONESIA.  THE SUPPORT TEAM
WILL TAKE CARE OF ALL DOMESTIC PLANE TICKETS, HOTEL RESERVATIONS AND
TRANSPORT IF YOU DESIRE.  THEIR PRICE FOR TRIPS IS USUALLY AT LEAST $100 A
DAY LESS EXPENSIVE THAN OTHER DIVE BOATS.  IF YOU CHECK ON THEIR WEBSITE
KOMODOALORDIVE.COM YOU CAN SEE ALL OF THEIR TRIPS ON DIFFERENT BOATS.  I
HAVE EXPERIENCED DIVING ON ALL THE BOATS AT ONE TIME OR ANOTHER SINCE 1995.
 I HAVE BEEN ON 3 EXPLORATORY DIVE TRIPS AND HAD A MAGNIFICENT EXPERIENCE. 
ALL OF THE BOATS HAVE ROOMS WITH AIR CON AND BATHROOM AND SHOWER.  MY
FAVORITES ARE THE TEMUKIRA AND THE RAJA AMPAT EXPLORER SIMPLY BECAUSE THERE
IS MORE ROOM ON THE BOAT.  THE FOOD ON ALL THE BOATS IS GREAT.  THE COOKS
ARE ALL SCHOOL TRAINED, AND THE DIVERSITY OF FOOD IS PLENTIFUL AND
WONDERFUL.  WE HAD FRESH FISH EVERYDAY.....ALMOST.  THE ROOM BOY AND DIVE
CREW ARE ALL INCREDIBLY HELPFUL WITH PUTTING ON YOUR DIVE GEAR, AND PICKING
YOU UP NO MATTER WHERE YOU HAPPEN TO SURFACE ON A DIVE.    YOU MAY EVEN GET
TO LEARN SOME BAHASA INDONESIAN WHILE ON THE TRIP.  THE DIVEMASTERS ALL
SPEAK ENGLISH AND GIVE GREAT DIVE BRIEFINGS PRIOR TO THE DIVE.  YOU CAN
MAKE 4 DIVES A DAY ON MOST OCCASIONS.  THE DIVEMASTERS WILL FIND ALL THE
LITTLE CRITTERS FOR YOU, OR YOU CAN GO OFF ON YOUR OWN.  THEY SUGGEST
FOLLOWING PADI GUIDELINES, BUT NO ONE CHECKS YOUR COMPUTER OR AMOUNT OF AIR
WHEN YOU SURFACE.  YOU JUST NEED TO BE AWARE THAT THE NEAREST CHAMBER IS A
LONG DISTANCE AWAY.  

MOST EXPERIENCED DIVERS WILL AGREE THAT INDONESIA IS THE MOST PROLIFIC
MARINE DIVERSE DIVING ON THE PLANET.  YOU WILL SEE ALMOST EVERYTHING YOU
EVER DREAMED OF SEEING UNDERWATER.  WHETHER IT IS LARGE PELAGICS, SMALL
FISH, NUDIBRANCHS, CRABS, SHRIMP, BRILLIANT COLORED SOFT CORAL, PRISTINE
HARD CORALS; IT IS ALL PRESENT IN INDONESIA.  ON MY LAST EXPLORATORY TRIP
IN MARCH OF 2008 I WAS FORTURNATE ENOUGH TO BE THE ONLY GUEST ON BOARD THE
"RAJA AMPAT EXPLORER" AND WE MADE A TEN DAY TRIP TO "TRITON
BAY".  IT WILL OBVIOUSLY BE "THE" NEXT PLACE TO GO FOR
EXPERIENCED DIVERS.  I HAVE MADE 4 OR 5 DIFFERENT TRIPS TO THE RAJA AMPAT
AREA, AND NOW THERE ARE MANY DIVE BOATS EXPLORING THERE.  GRAND KOMODO
CONTINUES TO MAKE EXPLORATORY TRIPS STAYING AHEAD OF OTHER DIVE OPERATIONS.
 THEY NOW EVEN HAVE A SMALL DIVE RESORT ON MONSUAR, A SMALL ISLAND IN THE
RAJA AMPAT AREA.  I HAVE VISITED THE RESORT, AND THEY ARE STILL PUTTING ON
THE FINISHING TOUCHES.  THERE ARE 4 ROOMS AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME, AND THE
DIVING IS FANTASTIC CLOSE TO THE ISLAND.

I GUESS MY TRUE PURPOSE IN WRITING THIS MEMO IS TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT: 
YES, THE DIVING IS GREAT IN INDONESIA; IT IS SAFE IN INDONESIA, AND THE
PEOPLE OF INDONESIA ARE TRULY WARM AND FRIENDLY.  THERE ARE MANY DIVE BOATS
HERE IN INDONESIA WHERE YOU CAN HAVE CLOTH NAPKINS AND TABLE CLOTHS ON YOUR
DINING TABLES, WITH FIRST CLASS CHEFS COOKING YOUR MEALS.  HOWEVER, TO
TRULY EXPERIENCE THE REAL INDONESIA, IT IS MY OPINION THAT ONLY GRAND
KOMODO PROVIDES THAT REAL INDONESIAN EXPERIENCE ALONG WITH TAKING CARE OF
ALL OF YOUR WANTS AND NEEDS.  I LOVED DIVING ON THE BILIKIKI IN THE
SOLOMONS, AND THE FOOD AND SERVICE WAS GREAT, BUT LIVING WITHIN THE CULTURE
OF THE INDONESIAN PEOPLE ON A BOAT SURPASSES THAT EXPERIENCE.

SO IF YOU WANT THE FREEDOM TO DIVE THE WAY YOU LIKE TO DIVE, AND FOR AS
LONG AS YOU HAVE AIR TO STAY UNDERWATER, GREAT FOOD, GREAT ROOMS, AND FUN
AND CHEERFUL CREW MEMBERS........AND ALSO A TRUE INDONESIAN PARADISE
EXPERIENCE......THE GRAND KOMODO COMPANY IS THE ONLY WAY TO GO.

MICHAEL HARDER
Mauimike47@yahoo.com 
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