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Dive Review of Grand Komodo -- Putri Papua in
Indonesia/Flores, Alor, Banda, Misool

Grand Komodo -- Putri Papua: "Flores, Alor, Banda, Ceram and Misool. Putri Papua, October 2017", Oct, 2017,

by Jose Miguel Duran MD, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 10066.

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 Maumere and Sorong Getting There Flew from Houston to Bali on Singapore Airlines, Bali to Maumere on Garuda. Returned Sorong to Manado on Garuda and Manado to Houston on Singapore Airlines

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 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 -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 thoroughly rinsed and dried cameras. Camera table on dive deck, Charging station in lou ... 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 Just came back from a fantastic 15 day cruise on Grand Komodo Tours' MV Putri Papua in October 2017, revisiting some of the best and less dived areas in Indonesia: Flores, Alor, Gunung Api, Lucipara, Run, Banda Neira, and Misool. This is not a regular itinerary and offered only twice a year.

We spent an extra day in Flores due to a luggage delay for two divers and had some very enjoyable dives at Depan Pasar and Pulau Babi. Tanjung Bacatan had abundant sharks to anthias.

Alor was as good as we remembered and the coral as well preserved as in our first 1998 visit. Clown Valley and Tanjung Maru offered a variety of sea life from a large school of juvenile barracudas to the great variety of anemones and clowns that are special in this island. 10 mile long Kalabahi Bay is one of the most scenic places in Indonesia. The Mini Wall provided an excellent night dive. Babylon had clouds of fishes, electric sand anemones and a very cooperative comet fish. We were glad to see very few fish traps, almost empty, this trip.

Isolated Gunung Api island was reached after a long sail on a calm sea. The number of green sea snakes swimming in the open water was amazing, as well as many sea krai ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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