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Dive Review of Grand Komodo -- TemuKira in
Indonesia/Cendrawasih Bay&Raja Ampat

Grand Komodo -- TemuKira, Sep, 2013,

by Rickie Sterne/Chrisanda Butto, AR, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 7151.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Bay Islands, Belize, Bonaire, Caymans, Cozumel, Turks&Caicos, Sea of Cortez, GBR, Fiji, Truk, Yap, Palau, other areas of Indonesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 20 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions We were encouraged to dive safely since we were in a very remote location.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments All crew members handled cameras very carefully. Igo, the compressor man, removed cameras from the rinse tank, carefully dried them after each dive, lined them up on the dive deck ... 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
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Comments Cendrawasih Bay is a tough trip. The best connection to Manokwari is a red-eye flight from Jakarta on Sriwijaya Airlines. So we got off our twenty-seven hour international flight at 0900 and got on our red-eye shortly after midnight. Fortunately, we were able to spend the day resting at the very comfortable FM7 Hotel near the Jakarta airport. Since the Sriwijaya flight requires a change of planes in Makassar, there was no hope of sleeping that night. An already brief connection time in Makassar was further shortened by a late departure from Jakarta. When we reached Manokwari we were as amazed as we were delighted that our checked bags had arrived with us. Sriwijaya had attached large red tags reading "Transit" to luggage originating in Jakarta and continuing on to Manokwari. There must have been baggage handlers standing by to shift those bags from one plane to another. We spent two nights in Manokari recovering from jet lag. Tourist infrastructure in Manokwari is nonexistent, and English is not generally spoken. In retropspect, we should have spent our two resting days at the FM7.
On the Grand Komodo boats, the head dive guide functions as the cruise director. Wilson did an outstanding job under circumstances which were especially difficult at the beginning of the trip. Two German divers whose checked bags failed to reach Indonesia found that they would have to wait for two days in Manokwari while their luggage caught up with them. Wilson had to tell them that the boat and the other ten divers could not wait with them since there are only two dive sites near Manokwari. Those two gentleman flew to Sorong after their bags finally arrived, and Grand Komodo took them to their Raja Ampat Dive Lodge on Mansuar island. Meanwhile, back on the boat, the harbormaster of Manokwari would not clear the TemuKira to sail out into the channel at the scheduled time. We lost at least half a day's diving while Wilson bargained with the officials. Two divers were visibly and sometimes volubly unhappy about the delay. Grand Komodo's office offered each diver a million rupiah credit/rebate to apologize for the problem. Okay, that's $100 US, but the million sounds so cool; and it did make an impressive stack of bil ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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