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Dive Review of Raja Ampat Dive Lodge - Grand Komodo in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

Raja Ampat Dive Lodge - Grand Komodo: "RADL: Lovely resort, great value, great dive ops!", Apr, 2018,

by Sharon Bailey-Bok, Panama, Panama (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 10351 has 4 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments RADL is just a lovely resort with delightful people and excellent dive operation. Excellent price/value, too. We spent two weeks at this resort after a fantastic live-aboard experience with Grand Komodo’s MV TemuKira (see separate review). We wondered if we’d booked too much time and whether we would see many different sites. Well, we LOVED every dive, every day (we did finally take one day off). We had our own RADL dive master for just the 2 of us for the whole time and there were never more than 5 divers on the small boat (the other divers had their own guide, too). Daily, the boat departed right after breakfast at 7:30 a.m. (normally it is 8 am but our request for “earlier” was granted) for 2-tank dives. Our dive master, Michael, had no pro ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Raja Ampat Dive Lodge - Grand Komodo   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Recently (2018): Lembeh, Bunaken, Raja Ampat (live aboard and island-based resort), Komodo (live aboard). 2017 Bonaire, Caribbean. Previously those of 2018 & many other sites throughout far eastern Indonesia; Thailand, Seychelles, Maldives, Red Sea, Kenya, Tanzania; Australia;& Caribbean locations
Closest Airport Sorong, West Papua Getting There From Singapore or Denpasar through Manado or Makkasar; often need an overnight in Sorong. Can be long but worth it.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-110 Ft/ 12-34 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Several small boats. We had our own guide (for the 2 of us) and never more than 5 divers on the boat (plus, guides, 2 crew). Once our guide realized we are very good with air and like longer dives (70-90 min.) when sites & currents allow, he loved taking us special places for longer dives (95'max)
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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By Gregory S Brucein WA, US at Jul 17, 2018 18:32 EST  
Very nice report. Thanks for posting. What were the costs like for the Raja Ampat Dive Lodge and how much diving per day did you do? Is there a house reef for shore diving? Thanks again.
By report author: Sharon Bailey-Bok in Panama, Panama at Jul 17, 2018 22:36 EST  
RADL is a good price value. Suggest you contact Grand Komodo directly. They have recently modified their website (it appears to us) and so we were not able to find the exact price charts for you. We know this: There are a couple of package options. We booked a full package where we were pre-paid unlimited diving--about US$2000/pax/wk w large cabin. However, there is a 2-dives/day package for somewhat less. When we do it again (we hope), we will book the 2-dives/day package. Note: We usually did 2-tanks (normal) starting (7:30--see above) with lunch on an island or Jetty. Our dives were often 70-80 minutes each and with currents this was usually enough for us! We did also do some 3 pm dives 65-75 minutes. As for the "house reef," night dives were usually at the end of the long jetty. During the day we never saw anyone diving there. So we really don't know for sure but we can say that with all the other really great dive sites that take energy and time--and are spectacular--, we never even thought about diving a house reef (vs someplace like Bonaire where this is common).
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