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Dive Review of Grand Komodo -- Nusa Tara in

Grand Komodo -- Nusa Tara: "Back to Komodo on the Nusa Tara", Nov, 2016,

by Peggy and Jose Miguel Duran MD, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 9315 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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
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Beginners 3 stars
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Comments We just returned from our 13th trip to Komodo National Park in Indonesia in the last 16 years, aboard the MV Nusa Tara, a very comfortable live-aboard operated by Grand Komodo Tours. This is an Indonesian owned and operated company that with the legendary Kal Muller were the pioneers exploring this area and putting Komodo on the map for adventurous divers. (See Undercurrent March 1994) and now offer live-aboard diving throughout Raja Ampat, Misool, Banda and all the best diving locations in Indonesia.

We flew from Bali to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island, with Garuda Airlines as they give extra weight allowance for divers so we did not have to pay any excess luggage charges. Make sure you tell them at the check-in counter that you are a diver. The brand-new Komodo Airport is a well designed modern air-conditioned building that could rival our local airport. Plenty of luggage carts and porters if needed

Starting the trip from Labuan Bajo has the great advantage of avoiding the long sail from Bali to Komodo, with no good diving sites in between. We started with 2 dives the day we arrived and from there we moved to all the best sites in South (Rinca and Nusa Kode Islands), Central and North Komodo.

The Nusa Tara is a 70 ft Pinisi style wooden boat with three double cabins with en-suite shower/BR and individually controlled AC. Two cabins have bunk beds, the front cabin has two single beds. They are clean and well maintained. The N ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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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, Raja Ampat, Taka Bone Rate, Wakatobi, Bunaken, Lembeh, Halmahera, Tidor, Ternate, Misool, Togians, Gorontalo, Banda Sea, Alor, Flores, Ambon, Cendrawasih Bay
Closest Airport Labuan Bajo, Flores Getting There Fly Garuda Airlines from Bali

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 79-83°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-100 Ft/ 15-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Limited only by own experience and common sense.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 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 Adequate rinsing, charging and setting up space. Need round plug
adapters. Good voltage stabilizer. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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