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Putri Papua dive boat - divers beware

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#1 Kraken de Mabini

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Posted 11 October 2018 - 08:56 AM

 Grand Komodo (aka Komodo Alor Dive) operates the MV Putri Papua and 4 other boats out of Denpassar.  Their other boats are OK or semi OK.
  But divers beware of the MV PutriPapua; it is a horrible boat, small, very cramped cabins, antiquated impractical Phinisi hull design, glass-slippery decks, small motor, poorly maintained, with rats and cockroaches on-board. A rat bit one of the divers at night, ate the candies of another. 
 Plus the motor exhaust contaminates the air.  I was on it two years ago and had a bad cough all the time on board, the cough went away the same day we landed.  Also I slipped on the deck and got a concussion.  I wrote the owners, who did not reply.


A close friend, well known in the underwater photography world, phoned me yesterday, his trip to the Alor island chain was a 'disaster' in his words.  During terrible weather in the open ocean the Putri Papua's engine room flooded through a failed porthole, the spare pumps were rusted and did not work, terrified crew with buckets bailed it out. It goes from there, he's lucky to be alive.  


The owners know this and yet continue to foist this awful boat on the public.   

#2 singkwan


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Posted 17 October 2018 - 07:22 AM

Wow sounds like a really bad experience. In no way am I refuting your experience, but I did actually do a trip on that very boat in Raja Ampat during New years last year. Maybe I have low standards, but I actually had a good experience. Boat is small (max maybe 10 divers?) but diving was good, food was pretty tasty and crew were professional and attentive. Didn't have (maybe fortunately?) any issues with rats or rodents during the trip, and seemed to be recently spruced up a bit on the interiors. Had an issue with a leaky air conditioner one night, but that was about it. 


Just to make it clear I am in no way funded/affiliated with the company, just wanted to share at least my personal experience. Can see some of the photos on my IG: https://www.instagra...an_photography/(got to scroll back quite a bit)