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Dive Review of Grand Komodo/MV TemuKira in
Indonesia/IRIAN, far eastern Indonesia

Grand Komodo/MV TemuKira, Apr, 2003,

by Terry Anderson, Texas, USA (Contributor Contributor 19 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 694.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified] Maldives, Sipadan, Hawaii, Costa Rica, Philipines, Thailand, Malaysia, Bonaire, Belize, Cozumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas currents
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified] Use own Computer; virtually no restrictions, took one 90 minute dive.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments [None] This is our second trip with Grand Komodo since the service and diving are exceptional, first one in 2001. The TemuKira only holds 12 divers and we only had five for the 9 day trip in an area where we never saw another dive boat, hardly any other people, Irian Jaya north to the equator, diving reefs, seamounts, and coastal areas. The food is Indonesian, plentyful and great. The crew is outstanding, helpful and friendly. We had three divemasters for five divers for nine days. The other divers were from Sweden, two DMs and one instructor, and they took professional digital photography which we watch after dinner with cold beers. By the first day the crew knew everyone's equipment and you never touched your gear until you packed to leave. Three long dives during the day, and we would anchor behind an island in the evening and take a long night dive. We even took a 5 am dive to watch the sea come alive with sunrise. Just ask the crew; no problem. And the Criters! We saw more than a dozen species we never had seen in over 300 each dives in Carribean, Pacific, or Indian Ocean. Pigmay seahorse, harlequin ghost pipefish, spanish dancer, ocellated frogfish, slipper lobster, electric clams, Randall's goby, mandiran fish, numerous wobbegong sharks, and epaulette and bamboo sharks. That besides the usual crocodile fish, scorpion and lion fish, manta rays, reef sharks and hawkbill turtles. One day we saw a school of a thousand dolphins. This is for the adverturous, the curious, and advanced divers. My fifth livaboard, and never been treated better: Grand Komodo even picked us up at Bali airport since there had been a tragic bombing six months earlier. Then we flew to Irian Jaya; they set up all arrangments. Look up Grand Komodo Tours on the web; about $1800 for 9 days on the liveaboard, plus your flights. We definately will return. Terry Anderson, Bryan, Texas
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