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Dive Review of Island Dancer in
Fiji and Tuvalu/Blight Waters, Ovalau, Gau

April, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Robertson , CA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 6523
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
US Pacific, South Pacific, Western Pacific, Great Barrier Reef, Caribbean,
Bahamas, Greater and Lesser Antilles.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to the surface with 500 psi.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
There was a dedicated rinse bucket on board for UW camera equipment and a
small table on the back deck for UW equipment.  This wasn't strictly
enforced as our group did not have any serious UW photographers, so non
camera items were strewn about on the table such as masks, sunscreen,
towels and drinks. If a group did have serious UW photogs with expensive
gear, the table may have been more seriously dedicated to those folks.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This was an incredible trip.  Our week aboard the Island Dancer was one
just before a cyclone came through the area.  It's approach created rain
and a rough sea.  Captain Joji monitored the weather closely and made
decisions of where / when to go so as to maximize on the best diving.  He
did a great job.  We never missed a dive and the ones we did were always
remarkable.  The crew was fantastic. They worked very well as a team;
experienced, friendly, helpful, knowledgeable, energetic and fun. 
Divemaster Moses has a great eye for even the smallest critters, Chef Ben
made healthy & tasty meals, Engineer Clinton had our tanks filled for
every dive even though there was only one nitrox hose and most of us were
using nitrox. Adam was the all around everygthing guy.  Actually the entire
crew did anything and everything that was needed, making our week aboard
the Island Dancer memorable and seamless.  Very good trip.  Lots of
critters, few big animals except at the shark arena and healthy reefs and
corals.  Beautiful.

The boat is in the process of updating cabins and facilities.  We were in
forward cabin #3 on the starboard side.  It had just been redone and was
the most comfortable and roomy cabin I've ever had the pleasure to stay in
on a live aboard - bar none.  The AC worked great, unlimited hot water,
comfortable beds, strong shower, flush toilet - yes, on a boat!  No finniky
marine head here.  Very nicely appointed.  The cabin 1 and the port side
cabins are scheduled for makeover next. By the time you read this, they
should have been redone as well.  
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By schwinnfin at Oct 19, 2012 16:00 EST  
Unless they weren't. We just spent a week in cabin 1 and it is a mess. They
are supposedly doing it this week. Oh, great. That makes me feel good about
the money I spent. The crew was great, the boat sucked.
By schwinnfin at Oct 19, 2012 16:24 EST  
Actually it was cabin 2. Cabin 1 is right behind the salon.
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