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

September, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Rickie Sterne/Chrisanda Butto, AR, US
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
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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

sunny, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were encouraged to dive safely since we were in a very remote location.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
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Boat Facilities
3 stars
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     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 ...
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4 stars
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     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 ...
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