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Dive Review of Grand Komodo -- Putri Papua in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Grand Komodo -- Putri Papua: "Great trip", May, 2015,

by Jan T, Bristol, UK ( 2 reports). Report 8252.

No photos available at this time

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is a simple no frills boat with quite small double cabins. I was a lone woman and by chance got the best cabin which was spacious. The crew were all Indonesian (7 Christian, 2 Moslem and 1 Hindu)and totally charming and helpful with variable English. Food was fine and plentiful with lots of fresh fish, chicken and fruit. There were 5 of a possible 9 guests and space on deck for relaxing was a bit limited with a smallish awning which was not very effective in providing shade throughout the day. It was right in front of the Captain's deck so we were observed in a friendly way on this deck. There were two divemasters, one of whom spoke reasonable English and he was very helpful both on land and in the water. The other spoke a few words only so was virtually silent throughout so not very useful in my view. He doesn't seem to have learnt any English in the years he has worked for this company but has good eyes for critters. SMBs and reef hooks were used. We dived from a fibreglass rib with a ladder (great!) and as the elderly one I was able to gear up in the rib rather than step in fully geared up. One small turtle tried to bite the divers and a dive hose in an playful exploratory way which I hope will be posted on You Tube. Raja Ampat is a beautiful peaceful place to be on a boat and we had some great dives. The cost was much cheaper than say the Maldives no doubt due to relatively cheap local labour. All felt very safe above and below the waves.
Websites Grand Komodo -- Putri Papua   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Maldives, Lake Malawi, Red Sea, Dahab, Maui, Thailand, Tanzania, Cuba, Jamaica, Cayman, Tobago, Gozo, South Africa, Seychelles, Oman, UAE, Belize, Bali,
Closest Airport Sorong, West Papua Getting There Jakarta to Sorong direct 4 hours but I stopped in Bali which doesn't have direct flight so took approx 12 hours there and 6 back.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 27-29°C / 81-84°F Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 10-15 M / 33-49 Ft

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 60 minute dives generally
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Smallish camera bench in dining room. Careful handling of equipment by crew. Divemasters found masses of small stuff for the photographers. Mantas posed nicely at cleaning station. Fish soup on several dives.
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