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Dive Review of Grand Komodo/Grand Komodo Raja Ampat Dive Lodge in
Indonesia/Mansuar Island, Indonesia

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Harder, HI, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6526
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caymans, St. Lucia, Belize, Honduras,Soccoro Islands, Costa Rica, Cozumel,
Islas Mujeres, Bali, Wakatobi, Flores, Alor, Wetar, Banda Islands, Ambon,
Misool, Solomon Islands, Fiji, Triton Bay, Komodo, Halmahera, All over Raja
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
77   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The dive masters check you out underwater, and if you are experienced no
real restrictions are applied.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
I have been diving with Grand Komodo since 1995, and have been on many
trips on all of their dive boats.  The crew is always helpful and have
great attitudes.  They really want to make your dive experience enjoyable. 
What I truly like about Grand Komodo is that all the crew and owners are
Indonesian, and I love their culture.  This was my second trip to their
first Land Resort on the island of Mansuar (Raja Ampat) near Sorong.  The
only downside of the resort is getting there.  If you fly from Bali to
Unjung Pandang (Makasar) on Sulawesi you usually need to do an overnight.
Then fly to Sorong (Irian Jaya), and take a small boat to the Resort
Island.  The Bungalows are well made out of wood with plenty of room. They
have AC, electric lockboses, and ensuite bathrooms.  The rooms are always
clean and very comfortable. On the veranda outside your room the view is
beautiful and very quiet.  I took the regular dive package (2 dives per
day).  The dive sites are great with plenty of corrals (soft and hard),
multitudes of colorful tropical fish and clear water.  Some of the dive
sites are the same ones that the liveaboard boats dive at, including one
with many Mantas.  The main lodge has Internet and Television and a bar. 
The food on my second trip was far better than the first trip.  The chef
provides indonesian style food, and also western style with great
presentations of the variety of dishes available.  Overall, I would not
hesitate to return to the Resort for a great vacation, and would suggest it
to anyone going to Indonesia for diving and relaxation. The Divemaster
(Pablito) gave excellent dive briefings.  If you wanted to see certain
critters, they always made sure that you would see them (almost always).  I
was unable to see the Pygmy Seahorses because I forgot my magnifing glass. 
Great diving, great quality food, great accomodations (and as usual,like
their liveaboards, the price is less expensive), great friendly and
knowledgeable crew, and wonderful friendly Indonesian people.  What more
could you ask for??   For their first land resort, I believe Grand Komodo
is once again out in front of everyone else.  Everything on the liveaboards
and the Land resort is not "HIGH CLASS", but certainly
comfortable, clean and affordable. Since beginning to dive with Grand
Komodo in 1995, it has been amazing to me to watch their services get
better and better.  Grand Komodo will always be my number one choice for
liveaboard diving with comfortable clean rooms, great and plentiful food,
and friendly, knowledgeable diving staff. Get more information and
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