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Dive Review of Grand Komodo -- TemuKira in

September, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Peggy and Jose Miguel Duran MD, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
"Whale Sharks to Nudibranchs. Cendrawasih Bay - Raja Ampat on TemuKira"
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Philipines, Galapagos, Maldives, Andamans, PNG,
Palau, Solomons, Bali, Komodo, Taka Bone Rate, Wakatobi, Bunaken, Lembeh,
Halmahera, Tidor, Ternate, Misool, Togians, Banda Sea, Alor, Flores, Ambon
Cendrawasih Bay
Closest Airport
Manokwari and Sorong
Getting There
Quite a trip:

Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Common sense and diving experience  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Dedicated fresh water tanks for cameras. Crew rinsed and dried cameras
thoroughly after each dive. Camera table on dive deck, Ample charging 
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We dove for almost 3 hours with 5 whale sharks!!  This absolutely justified
our long trip around the world.  

These gentle giants appeared to enjoy the interaction, repeatedly
approaching us with curiosity matching our awe in repeated face to face
encounters, yet treating us fragile divers very carefully even when they
were engrossed in their snacking from the fishing platform. These are
memories we will carry for the rest of our lives.  We got so much excellent
video of them that it will be really difficult to choose what to include in
a film.

After a 3:00 AM flight from Manado to Sorong and then Manokwari, we boarded
the TemuKira at 11:30 AM and were in the water doing our check-out dive on
the Shimwa Maru wreck by 1:30 PM. After a twelve hour night sailing we had
some good dives at Ripon Rock, the Zero airplane and Reef and a night dive
at Wandamon Reef before continuing sailing to Nabire at the southern tip of
Cendrawasih Bay where we were to dive at the fishing platforms that the
whale sharks frequent.  The fishermen were not there the first day due to a
local holiday, but one whale shark approached the rear of our liveaboard. 
We had just showered after a dive when the crew called us.  We jumped in
the water in our shorts (in Peggy's case, in her dress) and played with him
for almost an hour.  

Another liveaboard arrived after us and the divemasters arranged the
schedules so that we were not diving on top of each other. We were
explained  ...
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