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Dive Review of Grand Komodo/Putri Papua in
Indonesia/Northern Raja Ampat & Dampier

Grand Komodo/Putri Papua: "Grand Komodo Putri Papua - Raja Ampat", Oct, 2014,

by Peggy & Jose Miguel Duran MD, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 8051 has 3 Helpful votes.

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, Sulawesi. Garuda Airlines Manado to Sorong

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions, Diving according to experience and skill, sixty minute dives suggested but not enforced -within reason-.
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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Dedicated fresh water tank for cameras. Crew rinsed and dried cameras. Camera table on dive deck, Ample chargin ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments This was our eigth cruise on the Putri Papua since January 2004 and our twenty-first trip with Grand Komodo since June 2000. Spent ten marvelous days sailing and diving through the islands and atolls of Northern Raja Ampat and the Dampier Strait.

The Putri Papua (Papuan Princess) is a 100 foot wooden Pinisi sail/motor vessel that was designed and built specifically for diving by the GK owners. It can accommodate 9 persons in 5 air conditioned cabins with en-suite bathrooms with hot water shower and wash basins. The cabins are clean and comfortable, with good beds and adequate storage and shelves. The comfortable air conditioned lounge/dining area on the main deck has TV/DVD plus a good Fish and Invertebrates Identification library, as well as a large well lighted camera charging station.

There is a double bed cabin on the upper deck, another large cabin below with a double and a single bed, 3 other double bunk cabins and a large sundeck with an awning and beach chairs on the upper deck.

The dive deck has plenty of room to gear up with ten stations on wide benches with tank racks where the BCD's and regulators remain attached to the tanks between dives. There are gear bins under the seats as well as a spacious camera table, a dedicated camera rinse tank and a toilet/shower. Also two other hot/cold ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By MichaelM at Jan 21, 2016 20:01 EST  
Peggy and Jose I am looking forward to my first trip with Grand Komodo. Your post makes the long wait even worse. Thanks for a great post
By JMDuran at Jan 26, 2016 23:21 EST  
Glad you liked it. We are also looking forward to our next trip to Komodo in October. Happy diving.
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