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Dive Review of Kive Komodo/Tatawa, in

Kive Komodo/Tatawa, : "Dive Komodo, eficient operation, excellent dive masters", May, 2018,

by bill mashek, CA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 10276 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 4 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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Diving Komodo is very special. Much of the diving is affected by currents and many of the currents are affected by tides. Most dive operators try not to dive on the king and spring tides where currents can be especially strong. The benefits of the strong currents keep the reefs in pristine condition and attract many pelagic species. (Castle Rock) The dive guides are experienced with this and work with the conditions. Subsequently, some dive sites have some strong currents. There are also many protected sites where the currents are mild to nonexistent.
Photography: Learn all you can about each dive site ahead of time to best choose your lens. Macro opportunities are available on most dives, but if the current is strong, you will have a difficult time doing super-macro. I wish thought of this before so I would be more prepared.
The fish are abundant and varied. Sweet Lips. Sturgeon fish, Parrot fish, funny looking frogfish, fearless cuttlefish, black tip and white tip reef sharks are abundant on some dive sites. We saw several mantas nudibranchs, shrimp, and other macros were abundant.
I recommend bringing your own dive computer. I brought my “Zoop” wrist computer, most places charge substantially extra to include computers in your dive package.
I am a “low budget” diver and don’t need someone in a white jacket bringing me a drink. However, I am concerned with safety, the competence of dive guides and condition of the boat. I found a great match diving on the Tatawa with Dive Komodo.
Websites Kive Komodo   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving mexico, east and west coast, Eastern Pacific Galapagos to British Columbia, California and west coast of US, South Pacific, Africa, Indian Ocean, Indopacific, Central America, Caribbean
Closest Airport Labuan Bajo Getting There domestic flight from DPS

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 78-82°F / 26-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-90 Ft/ 9-27 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions stay together in strong currents, most dives were 50 minutes
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Sometimes strong currents made underwater photography challenging.
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