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

October, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Peggy & Jose Miguel Duran MD, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports, with 7 Helpful votes)
"Grand Komodo Putri Papua - Raja Ampat"
Report Number 8051 has 3 Helpful votes
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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

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions, Diving according to experience and skill, sixty minute
dives suggested but not enforced -within reason-.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
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Dedicated fresh water tank for cameras. Crew rinsed and dried cameras.
Camera table on dive deck, Ample chargin ...
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5 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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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 ...
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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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