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Dive Review of Grand Komodo Tours/Temu Kira in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

September, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by eldon okazaki, CA, usa
Top Contributor   (41 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4454
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
caribbean, hawaii, mexico, palau, yap, phillipines, North Sulawesi
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
6   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
30 meter max,  ~ 60 minutes (but longest was 77 min.)  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
usually nocamera bucket in tender;
camera table t rear of boat;
carger table in dining room
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
the good: vey good divng; almost all reefs and walls had "too much
bio-diversity"; crew tried very hard to serve the divers ( only 8 of
us instead of 12); food was plenty and snacks were abundant; very
enjoyable, considerate diver group; finally saw Woebegone sharks and very
unusual critters.

the bad: 3 dive sites with very strong current dived at wrong time (at
Kri-Eco, Mike's point had very mild current at low tide); most of crew did
not speak English but we had no problem since an Indonesian woman was
diving in our group; rain sorta ruined the viz. at the passage.

previous notes on Grand  Komodo tours published in Undercurrents were
accurate; e.g., the boat captain was well experinced; the tour was well
organzed and no flights were cancelled
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