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Dive Review of Grand Komodo in

July, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Terry Anderson, Texas, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the world
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None.  Dive own profile  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Modern photo accomodiations with electrical to fit US, European, or Asian
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
Grand Komodo [] KLM Temukira.  Halmalhara trip, July
14-23 2009.  This is our 5th trip with Grand Komodo in the last decade. 
The service on land and on the liveaboard is unsurpassed.  On land they
make all hotel and airplane arrangements to get you from Bali to the boat,
and at sea they do everything to make your diving experience outstanding at
a relatively inexpensive price.  If you would like they will arrange tours
of Bali or the or other areas in Indonesia; they are a full scale travel
agent with great information about their friendly country.  On the Temukira
there were 8 crew and 2 DMs [Wika and Jonnie] to take care of us 5 divers
on the entire boat set up for 12 divers--all of us were repeat customers. 
The cook gave my wife cooking lessions and the crew caught a fresh Mackerel
for one dinner.  Halmalhara is a new dive destination, and we never saw
another dive boat or Western face.  Underwater, and like Raja Rampat, we
saw reef sharks, hawkbills, schools of amberjack, barracuda, tuna,
mackerel, rainbow runners, Jacks, wahoo, humpheads, along with lots of
scorpion and crocodile fish, pigmy and regular seahorses, ghost pipefish,
eels, banded seasnakes, lionfish, even wonderpus mating.  Night dives
produced Spanish dancers, epaulette shark, and tons of critters.  Since it
is a new area they have not yet found the manta feeding station, which they
promise to find soon.  Outstanding adventure, accommodations, crew, and
diving:  world class.  We can't wait to return.    
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