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Dive Review of Grand Komodo in
Indonesia/Hamalhara

Grand Komodo, Jul, 2009,

by Terry Anderson, Texas, USA (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 5052.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over the world
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None. Dive own profile
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Modern photo accomodiations with electrical to fit US, European, or Asian equipment.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Grand Komodo [www.komodoalordive.com] 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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