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Dive Review of Grand Komodo -- TemuKira/Raja a pat dive lodge in
Indonesia/Raja ampat and cendrawasih bay

Grand Komodo -- TemuKira/Raja a pat dive lodge: "Indonesian diving in raja ampat with grand Komodo tours", Oct, 2016,

by Irene dabanian, WA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9556 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments i have dived at raja ampat dive lodge for a weeks time before or after a ten day live aboard on explorer or temu kira for the last five years. Each time it is always the best diving ever. I do not understand why any reader would dive with any other operator.
This oct. 2017 we are on temu Kira to kaimana after a week at the raja ampat dive lodge. Last oct. 2016 we dived the lodge then temu Kira to cendrawasih bay to dive with the whale sharks. Boat was not full. Chef was fantastic. Shrimp, grilled fish, soups, everything tastey and beautifully prepared. Why dive anywhere or with any other operator? The dive lodge food was not that great for westerners. Same stuff. Indonesians loved it. We often are the only westerners at the dive lodge. You dive three or four dives a day. Can stay out for three dives with picnic lunch and enjoy amazing dive site north west of dampier straits.
CB was unique as we were up close all day with twenty huge sharks. And for an added treat we went ashore to a Papuan village where Wilson our guide said they likely have not ever seen westerners. They smelled like they never used soap either. But one villager had a tablet and had our photo taken. So a cultural experience as well.

Grand Komodo tours will arrange all travel and stays at Indonesian hotels and flights once inside the country. We prefer them to book on Garuda cuz you pay a bit more but there is never an overage fee for taking dive gear and photo equipment. $3500 for the boat and $3200 for a week of unlimited dives at the dive lodge. A truely great experience, year after year. We fly Singapore manado on silk air. Then manado sorong. Lodge or boat picks us up in sorong. Need a few days to get to Singapore however. And a few days out as flights are not every day. So just do the lodge or the boat if you are short for time. Explorer is great for a ten day cruise to misool and back. Watch out for bad weather in Jan, feb, march rainy season. When in manado we dive KBR in lembeh straits. It nlimited food, nice and easy diving, great cottages on the beach. Good massages.
Happy diving.
Websites Grand Komodo -- TemuKira   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving raja ampat ( four times), tulambin, bali, la paz and cozumel, mexico, solomon islands, fiji, puget sound, cayman islands, key largo, fla. Lembeh straits twice.
Closest Airport Sorong Getting There From Bali, manado, or jakarta

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp -°F / -°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility - Ft/ - M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Wonderful experience. Go dive raja ampat with grand Komodo tours on any of their liveaboards or at the dive lodge. Raja ampat is not an area for beginner divers due to strong currents. Need 50 dives recently.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks > 2
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 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments good enough. Lodge has a locked camera room. Live aboard Boat has photo area for plug ins and equipment.
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