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

Grand Komodo -- TemuKira, Oct, 2009,

by Michael J Millet, CA, USA (Top Contributor Top Contributor 64 reports with 11 Helpful votes). Report 5272.

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

Weather sunny, windy, rainy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with the dive guide.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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