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Dive Review of Grand Komodo Tours/NusaTara in
Indonesia/Bali & Komodo

Grand Komodo Tours/NusaTara, Apr, 2007,

by LeRoy Anderson, Utah, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 3294.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving PNG, Carribean, Canada, Great Barrier Reef, Cocos, Galapagos, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, surge, currents
Water Temp 75 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Small Camera Table.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Grand Komodo Tours and Travel is the best liveaboard deal in Indonesia and they treat their customers very well. Liveaboard conditions physically are about the same as for many of the liveaboards on the west coast of the USA which visit the Channel Islands etc., but not up to luxury standards of say, Aggressor/Peter Hughes boats, then again this is not to be expected for one third the cost. Despite the relatively low cost, the service by the crew and divemasters was of very high quality, and I felt they went the extra mile to ensure we had a pleasant trip. Food and sleeping quarters were just fine. As with any tropical area, one is best to be prepared for changes in intestinal flora, such as bringing a week's supply of Cipro or other broad spectrum antibiotic. And the Nusa Tenggara area of Indonesia is a particularly virulent malarial zone, of which Komodo is a part, so some type of antimalarial prophylaxis I feel is a good idea. Benadryl was helpful for our divemaster, who developed hives after a nasty encounter with fire coral.

On the whole, however, I was very pleased with the diving around the Komodo Islands, especially it's diversity. Being geographically centered between Australian and Asian ecosystems, as well as being on the dividing line between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Komodo is endowed with diving environments which are very unique, especially in the southern areas of both Komodo and Rinca. Coming in April, I was able to dive both northern and southern areas. If you come midsummer, you may not be able to see the southern areas, and if you come midwinter, you may not be able to see the northern areas, due to trade wind and wave action. I definately enjoyed being able to see the whole area by coming during one of the transition seasons. I felt the diving was very diverse, with good pelagic activity, abundant and unique macro life, as well as fantastic coral, invertebrate, and tropical fish scenery. A very fine overall dive destination in terms of seeing alot within a relatively small area.
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