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Dive Review of Grand Komodo -- TemuKira in
Indonesia/Maluku Sea

October, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J Millet, CA, USA
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Report Number 5272
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Micronesia, Solomon Islands, GBR, Galapagos, Vanuatu, Hawaii, All
over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with the dive guide.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Lots of photo ops for both macro and wide-angle. The boat had dedicated
camera rinse tanks, a large camera table with compressed air and charging
stations. The dive guides were superb at finding unusual critters to
photograph. They also knew the taxonomy of most of the creatures.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
The Temukira is not a luxury live-aboard, but it is very comfortable with
excellent diving, a helpful, friendly crew and very good food. All the
diving is done from a hard inflatable. This was fine since we only had 5
divers. The boat can take 12 divers so with one skiff, 2 trips to the dive
sites would be necessary and the dive deck would be a bit congested.

The dive guides, Weku and Noak, were extremely knowledgeable concerning the
dive sites and the marine life. They were also very accommodating in
attempting to find certain critters that some divers (like me) wanted to
photograph. I photographed about 40 different species of nudibranchs;
several species of pipefish, crabs, shrimp.

We did a 10 day trip from Ternate down to Bacan Island and back. We dived a
variety of sites -- walls, coral gardens, sandy bottom and muck. There are
3 day dives and a night dive. So you better like night dives in order to
get all the dives in. Actually, the night dives were excellent experiencing
a lot of marine life not observed during the day. The boat does not offer
nitrox. Nitrox would be a good idea since on several dives we were hanging
around 75'-90' for several minutes. The only real repetition of sites was
the muck dives at Bacan Island. There is great wall at the south end of the
island that offers a better experience.

The crew was great--helpful, friendly, smiling. Just great to be with. My
dive bag got torn pretty badly on the journey from Manado, but the crew
both sewed and hot glued it. It's better than new. They also repaired
another diver's strobe arm. No hassle; no worries. The food was mostly
"mild" Indonesian and was delicious. Lots of fruit and great
desserts. The only alcohol on board was the local Bitang beer, which gets
old fast. Buy a bottle of your favorite libation at the duty free while in
Singapore to bring on the trip.

I really thoroughly enjoyed my dive experience on the Temukira and would
definitely recommend it.
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