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Dive Review of Grand Komodo/Raja Ampat Dive Lodge in
Indonesia/Mansuar Island, Raja Ampat

Grand Komodo/Raja Ampat Dive Lodge: "Raja Ampat Dive Lodge, Raja Ampat, Indonesia", Sep, 2014,

by Peggy & Jose Miguel Duran M.D , TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 10 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 8043 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments After 4 days of travelling we were wondering if it still was worth the trouble getting there. We did our first dive at 3 pm at Yenbuba Corner and were immediately delighted by schools of barracudas, batfish, surgeonfish, fusiliers dense enough to hide the reef, clouds of anthias, myriads of angels and vibrantly colored and healthy corals and sponges. At 90 feet we saw 2 white tips and 2 giant trevallies feeding on something under a coral head and circling together next to us for a long time; following a turtle I almost collided with a school of bumphead parrots. It was such sensory overload that we didn't see many of the fishes until we reviewed -more than once- our videos.

We were in a state of bliss that continued through most of our dives for eight days. Worth it?. There is no better diving in the world. Period.

This was our second stay at the Raja Ampat Dive Lodge, a first class dive resort, strategically located in the middle of the best dive sites in this area of Indonesia. It is a little piece of Bali recreated by Grand Komodo on Mansuar Island. We have done 21 trips with them in the last 12 years and to us they are the best and most reliable dive operation in Indonesia.

The bungalows are by the water, spacious and airy, well furnished, air conditioned, and very clean with large bathrooms. There are also standard rooms for more frugal travelers.

Beautifully landscaped paths along the beach lead to the main lodge/dining room where we enjoyed very good food both a la carte and buffet; later we would have our coffee in the spacious piers over the lagoon. All the staff were very friendly, competent and helpful, any problem with the room was fixed immediately. Communication in English was easy with all the persons we interacted with.

The dive shop is large and well organized, close to the main dock and dive boats. There are fresh water tanks for cameras and suits and good showers. Most of our gear stayed in the boat between dives.
We would suit up and step in the boats that were large, covered and well powered for faster rides.

We were lucky to have one to ourselves for most of the stay and the dive guide and boat captain were excellent. Our guide carefully checked the site and the currents before we got in the water; we didn't see any other divers underwater most of the dives.

Each day they offer two morning dives, with a surface interval on some beautiful beach while we ate our packaged snacks, the back to the lodge for lunch followed by an afternoon dive and a night dive if desired.

The currents can be fierce but that's why having a skillful guide who knows the sites makes a huge difference. We are getting older and our guide made sure that every dive was comfortable and awesome. Sardine reef, Chiken reef, Cape Kri, Yenbuba, Arborek and so many other sites have to be experienced to be believed.

We started coming to Raja Ampat in 2001 and every time we come back we are happy to see that the reefs and the fish life remain as healthy and abundant as it was then. The Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund and the Indonesian government have done a great job of enlisting the villagers to protect their reefs and sea life. We divers also have to do our best to preserve them.

There were lots of sharks from white and black tips to wobeggons on almost every dive, zebra sharks and walking epaulette sharks on night dives in the lagoon by the boat pier. Many, many turtles, sweetlips, napoleons, groupers, surgeons and fusiliers. Saw some mantas although less than last year, probably due to the season.

Large numbers of nudibrachs and every macro critter too, not as many as Ambon or Lembeh but those locations don't have the huge schools of fishes, magnificent corals and undersea landscapes that are the signature of this area.

Until our first visit last year we had done most of our diving from liveaboards. At RADL we again had a very comfortable stay and incredible diving. As always Grand Komodo did a wonderful job arranging our local flights and hotels, and a guided visit to Tangkoko National Park in Sulawesi. Garuda Airlines does not charge for luggage excess weight if you tell them you are divers.

Of course we will be back next year.
Websites Grand Komodo   Raja Ampat Dive Lodge

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Sea of Cortez, Philipines, Galapagos, Maldives, Andamans, PNG, Palau, Solomons, Bali, Komodo, Taka Bone Rate, Wakatobi, Bunaken, Lembeh, Halmahera, Tidor, Ternate, Misool, Togians, Banda Sea, Alor, Flores, Ambon.
Closest Airport Sorong, Indonesia Getting There Singapore Airlines Houston to Manado, Garuda Airlines to Sorong, boat ride to RADL on Mansuar.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82-85°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 60-100 Ft/ 18-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions, Diving according to experience and skill, sixty minute dives suggested but not enforced.
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 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera room/Charging station at Dive Center, We set up our equipment in our bungalow.
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