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Dive Review of Grand Komodo Tours/NusaTara in
Indonesia/Bali & Komodo

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 3294
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Carribean, Canada, Great Barrier Reef, Cocos, Galapagos, etc.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, surge, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Small Camera Table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Grand Komodo Tours and Travel is the best liveaboard deal in Indonesia and
they treat their customers very well. Liveaboard conditions physically are
about the same as for many of the liveaboards on the west coast of the USA
which visit the Channel Islands etc., but not up to luxury standards of
say, Aggressor/Peter Hughes boats, then again this is not to be expected
for one third the cost. Despite the relatively low cost, the service by the
crew and divemasters was of very high quality, and I felt they went the
extra mile to ensure we had a pleasant trip. Food and sleeping quarters
were just fine. As with any tropical area, one is best to be prepared for
changes in intestinal flora, such as bringing a week's supply of Cipro or
other broad spectrum antibiotic. And the Nusa Tenggara area of Indonesia is
a particularly virulent malarial zone, of which Komodo is a part, so some
type of antimalarial prophylaxis I feel is a good idea. Benadryl was
helpful for our divemaster, who developed hives after a nasty encounter
with fire coral.

 On the whole, however, I was very pleased with the diving around the
Komodo Islands, especially it's diversity. Being geographically centered
between Australian and Asian ecosystems, as well as being on the dividing
line between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Komodo is endowed with diving
environments which are very unique, especially in the southern areas of
both Komodo and Rinca. Coming in April, I was able to dive both northern
and southern areas. If you come midsummer, you may not be able to see the
southern areas, and if you come midwinter, you may not be able to see the
northern areas, due to trade wind and wave action. I definately enjoyed
being able to see the whole area by coming during one of the transition
seasons. I felt the diving was very diverse, with good pelagic activity,
abundant and unique macro life, as well as fantastic coral, invertebrate,
and tropical fish scenery. A very fine overall dive destination in terms of
seeing alot within a relatively small area. 
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