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Dive Review of Grand Komodo Tours/Rajah Ampat Explorer in
Indonesia/Rajah Ampat

March, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by phil johnston, Victoria, Australia
Reviewer   (6 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 4711
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Australia, Fiji, Solomon Islands, PNG, Malaysia, Indonesia, Tonga,
Galapagos Islands, Cocos Island, Cozumel, Tahiti.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving, no solo diving, come back with 50 bar left in tank.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table & 2 large fresh water tubs at stern of boat, no fresh
water on dive dingies. Recharging bench in main cabin, this could get a
little crowded if all 14 passengers were UWPs.   
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
7 of the 11 booked passengers failed to front, despite only 4 guests being
aboard we were still given the full cruise of Rajah Ampat including Misool
to the south.  Rajah Ampat was a good mix of reefs, seamounts, walls &
muck diving, topside scenery was also good with multitudes of small
uninhabited islands. Hard corals were generally good at most (but not all)
sites, at a couple of places the soft corals were as good as Eastern Fiji.
Small & rare critters were found at almost all sites, 2 sites in
particular provided muck diving almost the equal of Lembeh. 2 large Mantas
were seen at a cleaning station at one reef, including a 12-plus foot
individual that ended up entering a steep climb & flying out of the
water for 2-3 seconds before splashing down to rid itself of any remaining
parasites - awesome. The cruise ended with a big fish dive in strong
current at Cape Kri - a large school of truly massive bump-headed
parrot-fish,& the largest barracuda & emperors I've seen - who said
Rajah Ampat has no big fish?   
Crew & particularly dive staff were excellent without fail - always
attentive & helpful. Dive masters Harry & Anton excelled at finding
critters that most of us would have otherwise missed. 
The boat itself is designed in similar fashion to a traditional Indonesian
Bugis sailing vessel. It isn't a luxury item but was neat, clean & well
maintained. Food was not gourmet but always of high quality & in
generous amounts - often more than we could eat. Small snacks were provided
between dives.
Negatives? Only one - a few small cockroaches were seen in cabins &
hallways by most passengers. This was discussed with the crew at the end of
the trip & they agreed that some sort of fumigation (rather than ad hoc
spraying)needs to be done. I mention this with some regret as it was the
only aspect that detracted from what was a fantastic trip with excellent
levels of professionalism & service from the crew, in a place that is
justifiably rated as one of the best diving areas in the world.            
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