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Dive Review of Komodo Dancer in
Indonesia/Bali ,Gili,Satonda

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Dr. Tom Kelly, SC, USA4
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau,Fiji, Tahiti,Bora-Bora,Taha'a,Raieta,Galapagos,All the
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
Singapore Airlines allows two 70lbs pieces of luggage plus a carry on. 
Scuba gear and camera gear can easily approach or exceed 70lbs.  The
problem is getting to Singapore Airline, Continental Airlines only allows
two 50lb pieces of luggage or pay "over-weight" charge of $50 per
piece.  In my case we had four pieces "over-weight" so that $200
going and coming on the domestic carrier.  A total of $400!  Make sure to
fly Singapore Airlines, they have on some flights form New York a category
called Executive Economy.  This is like our domestic first class, wider
seats (21 inches), better reclining, individual TV's with 21 channels, in
flight meals.  Between meals a snack bar in back of plane which had soups,
drink, candy bars, sandwiches and free drinks and alcoholic beverages are
free for those in Executive Economy.  The flight from New York (newark)to
Singapore is 18.5 Hours which leaves at 11 pm at night so take one  or  two
AMBIEN CR 12.5mg you'll sleep 10 hours and not notice how long 18.5 hours
can be.  Best seats in Executive Economy are rows 31 and 34.  Singapore
doesn't pre-assign  them as you "check-in".  We had luck calling
the Singapore Airline Desk  in  Newark (1-973-961-2592) and found an agent
who would assign our seats a month out???  Once in the Singapore Airport,
while waiting for your connecting flight to Bali go up to the 2nd floor
were the Plaza Premium Lounge is located.  For $25 a person you can shower,
relax and sleep also included are hot heavy hor'doeuvres(french spelling?),
sodas, beer, coffee, bottle water, newspapers.  A shower is great after 24
hours of being in the different airports, our lay over was 6 hours in
Singapore then 3 hours to Bali.  In Bali, have your travelers agent, have
someone meet you at the airport.  Our travel agent is Lisa Wallner with
Trip-N-Tour Pacific, she is very Knowledgeable and traveled.  Consider
staying in the Legian A
rea or Seminyak Area away form the airport.  Cond'e Nast Traveler
Recommends the four seasons in Kuta where you can see and hear jets take
off all day till 8 pm!  We recommend the Oberie and the
 LEGIAN Bali.  Don't confuse the Legion Bali with the  Legian Beach Hotel a
big mistake.  The Legian Baqli is probalby our favorite and the Club rooms
or/and Villas across the street (not beach side) are very exclusive and
upscale with your own butler, concierge, private pools, musicians and free
happy hours. The best place to change money was in the departure area
(where you picked up your luggage) everywhere else including the hotels
wasn't so good.  The Komodo Dancer is showing its age (13 years old). 
Don't go unless you can get one of the two owner suites.  the cabins below
deck are very tight many had to take turns being the rooms to shower and
change.  Privacy is also a consideration as the owner suites are on the
secluded top deck with larger room.  The food was great and wonderfully
different; i.e., snake fruit, dragon fruit, logans, mango stem and more. 
Sebastian was the best steward you could ask for , always with a drink or a
hot desert after a dive.  If you can, go when Gary Bevin is the cruise
director  for your week on 11 day trip.  Gary went out of his way to make
sure the current on all the dives were safe.  Some of the dives have a
ripping current and I would suggest not doing dives at GPS point or
Pillarsteen.  Gary Bevan also lead the shore excursions d many were
incredible hikes up rocky outlooks  that were a 1000 feet high with
stunning panoramic views.  Gary Bevan was also an incredible underwater
photographer as well.  When your memory card(s) for your dive camera was
full Gary was there to down them to a disc.  Gary had quite a computer
system on the boat and he produced a cruise DVD ($60) at the end of the
week.The " other  cruise " director  brings  his   girlfriend on 
the  boat  and  forgets about customer service,,, but  her  service. The
highlight of the trip was my wife and I snorkeling with mantas .The Only
two concerns were how small and cramped the two dive tenders were.  Put 7
divers, 2 boat handlers, scuba gear and cameras you were on top of one
another.  The other was the night crossings Lombok Strait and Sumbowa
(Gili) Strait are quite rough I kinda wondered if we were going to make
it---- so bring sea sick pills if you need them.  They only put the sails
up when leaving Bali and returning to Bali.I almost forget Komodo island it
is amazing with 1500 Dragons running around this island.  Bring Rupiah
there's a small wood carving market on islands.  The locals on Komodo can't
use U.S. because there's no where to convert the money into Rupiah.  One
last note we bought beautiful wood carvings decided to ship the three
statues back along with our scuba gear.  U.P.S. quoted $1100 and DHL quoted
$700.So  you  go  with DHL, Right. When I get home DHL says there are some
additional charges for Fumigation, wood crating, custom fees for a total of
$1200 the three statues were only worth $14o but they have our scuba gear
also , so  you  pay.  Also we used WCC satellite phone through DAN it
worked great in Indonesia.  Followed up trip with three nights stay in
Singapore at the Raffles Hotel.  Please E-Mail me if I can answer more
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