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Dive Review of Grand Komodo/Raja Ampat Dive Lodge in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

March, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Maurine Shimlock, tx, usa (1 report)
Report Number 5408
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Just about every tropical location around the world
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were encouraged to stay within safe sport diving limits and spend about
60 minutes bottom time  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
The resort is still in the "soft opening" stage.  There is a well
set up camera room in the main building with 110 and 220 outlets. Fans and
voltage stabilizers are in the process of being installed.  We charged and
downloaded in our room, but that was a personal choice. Crew learned
quickly how to handle our cameras and were helpful in carrying them on and
off the boat.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
The Raja Ampat Dive Lodge is the latest offering from Grand Komodo. 
Located on West Mansuar Island in the Dampier Strait, RADL  is  a wonderful
new choice for land-based diving in northern Raja Ampat.  Set back a bit
from a picturesque white sand beach, the lodge's strategic location is
perhaps one of its best features.  The manta aggregation sites are a mere
10 minutes away, and RADL is equidistant from Dampier's Sardine and Blue
Magic as well as Yangeffo's Mayhem and Citrus Ridge, which we rate as some
of Raja Ampat's top dives.

Dives are done from comfortable, shaded fiberglass speed boats with decent
ladders, we had a knowledgeable, English-speaking divemaster, an
experienced boat driver, and another helper to handle cameras and gear.
Nitrox is not currently available. 

The boat  leaves at 8 am for two morning dives, and again at 3 pm for an
afternoon dive.  We also dived at the newly constructed jetty, and saw
cuttlefish, various nudis, batfish, etc.  Without a doubt, the jetty will
be quite a nice site in a couple of years. I got some great reflection
shots at low tide just off the jetty and could have dived there more than
once, but got distracted by other fabulous sites and just ran out of time!
I don't need to rave about Raja Ampat diving as most readers know we wrote
the guide, and think it's the best tropical reef diving on the planet.  

The dive center has good rinse facilities and showers, and nice racks for
drying gear. 

Accommodation is in duplex, wooden AC bungalows with  tiled ensuite
bathrooms. Each room has a nice porch, small table, desk, and  a couple of
chairs.  Rooms have either king or twin beds and ample closet space. The
generator runs 24-7.  

Food was served buffet-style and was mostly Asian, but there were a few
western selections, especially at breakfast. Portions were beyond ample. 
You won't go hungry here! Coffee and tea is always available. Beer and soft
drinks are extra, but reasonably priced.  The kitchen and waitstaff were
anxious to please and tried their best to handle special dietary requests

Transfers from Sorong take about 2 1/2 hours, and are included in the
package if you arrive and depart on Friday.  On other days there  is a

The Raja Ampat Dive Lodge is an excellent value for the quality of
facilities it provides in this remote location. Construction is still
ongoing; they currently can accommodate 8 divers. In a few months they will
be able to handle 16.  Maximum occupancy is planned for 20.
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