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

Grand Komodo/Raja Ampat Dive Lodge: "Raja Ampat Dive Lodge, Raja Ampat, Indonesia", Sep, 2014,

by Peggy & Jose Miguel Duran M.D , TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8043 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Philipines, Galapagos, Maldives, Andamans, PNG, Palau, Solomons, Bali, Komodo, Taka Bone Rate, Wakatobi, Bunaken, Lembeh, Halmahera, Tidor, Ternate, Misool, Togians, Banda Sea, Alor, Flores, Ambon.
Closest Airport Sorong, Indonesia Getting There Singapore Airlines Houston to Manado, Garuda Airlines to Sorong, boat ride to RADL on Mansuar.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions, Diving according to experience and skill, sixty minute dives suggested but not enforced.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Camera room/Charging station at Dive Center, We set up our equipment in our bungalow.
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments After 4 days of travelling we were wondering if it still was worth the trouble getting there. We did our first dive at 3 pm at Yenbuba Corner and were immediately delighted by schools of barracudas, batfish, surgeonfish, fusiliers dense enough to hide the reef, clouds of anthias, myriads of angels and vibrantly colored and healthy corals and sponges. At 90 feet we saw 2 white tips and 2 giant trevallies feeding on something under a coral head and circling together next to us for a long time; following a turtle I almost collided with a school of bumphead parrots. It was such sensory overload that we didn't see many of the fishes until we reviewed -more than once- our videos.

We were in a state of bliss that continued through most of our dives for eight days. Worth it?. There is no better diving in the world. Period.

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