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Dive Review of Grand Komodo -- Tarata in

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by John Woolley, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 6522
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Raja Ampat, Thailand, Philippines, Roatan, Saba, Belize, Bahamas, Puget
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum depth per dive site, 500 psi at safety stop.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
We have a small camera, so are easy to accommodate.  One shipmate had a
very large camera: Komodo staff are very accommodating to photographers
however I am a bad judge of facilities.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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    
Indonesians are delightful, diving around Komodo is fantastic, and the food
onboard is the usual yummy Indonesian fare.  Enough said?

But I'll go on anyway.  We dove with Grand Komodo in Raja Ampat at
Christmas and just had to get back to Indonesia, so did a repeat trip with
Grand Komodo but this time in Komodo.  With Raja Ampat as top-top shelf
diving, Komodo is just one small level below in terms of corals and fish. 
In other words, suburb.  One important caution: there is a reason it is
famous for its currents--they rip!  So it really isn't a good place for
beginners, and, make sure you take a reef hook.  Appropriately prepared,
you will love the diving.

On one dive, around appropriately titled "Current City", we
hooked-up and had 13 (yes 13) Giant Mantas hovering around us. And I mean
the type of hovering where we frequently had to duck to avoid them.  And
then 15 Mobula (Devil) Rays swam by.  Oops, forgot the Spotted Eagle Ray
that preceded the Mobula.

The other dives were equally delightful, with fantastic corals and
excellent fish.  Lots of turtles, Sweet Lips and Spade Fish, and the odd
shark.  And the day trip excursion to check out those giant
reptiles--Komodo Dragons--was a fun, once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Finally, we wholeheartedly recommend Grand Komodo.  I do try and keep my
money local when I travel, and Grand Komodo (Indonesian owned) fits the
bill.  True, the boats are not five star luxury, but they are comfortable. 
I don't know about you, but I never have trouble sleeping on a live aboard.
 Four dives, one beer, and I'm out.  I'm told the beds are very
comfortable: I just remember falling asleep and waking up.
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