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Dive Review of Peter Hughes: Komodo Dancer in
Indonesia/Bali, Komodo, Flores

Peter Hughes: Komodo Dancer, Sep, 2004,

by Edith Summey, IL, USA . Report 2114.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving USA (FL, IL, NC, TX, MO, CA, Alaska), Canada(BC, Nanavut), Greenland, Carribbean(Bahamas, Turks&Caicos, Curacau, Bonaire, Belize, Mexico)Pacific(Socorro, CocosIsland , Galapagos, Tahiti, Truk Lagoon, Palau, Yap, Sipadan, Bali, N.Sulawesi, Phuket, Burma, PNG) Australia, Antartica, Mediterranean (Costa Brava, S. France, Corsica, Sardina, Italy), Red Sea
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 83 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Tried to limit dive to 60 minutes. Sometimes this was a problem. Otherwise, solo diving with pony, with computer.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Very adequate: good space on dive deck, rinse buckets, towels to dry and cover cameras, shelves, charging station inside.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments I was quite impressed with this trip -- both the boat and the diving. The Komodo Dancer was comfortable, the food was delicious with good variety, the crew was attentive and friendly, the weather was pleasant, the water was clear, the coral colorful, fish plentiful, and everything just about as perfect as it could get. I got great photos and video. In fact, every dive was really rewarding and productive with such trophies as pygmy seahorses, stargazers, blue ribbon eels, ornate ghost pipefish, and various nudibranchs.
After spending much of the previous dive trip in PNG ill with a cold, I was feeling much better and did nearly every dive during the 10 days. My only complaint was my reluctance to end my dives at 60 minutes. That was a limit that seemed too tight for me. But, it did not cause too much of a conflict during this trip. Thus, it did not dampen my overall enthusiasm for returning for a future dive trip on the Komodo Dancer. After all, they have two tender boats and the dive sites were only a "stone's throw" from the Komodo Dancer boat. It is not even necessary to gather up all the divers at one time. That is not how it is done on most other liveaboards. Divers are picked up when they are ready. No problem.
The excursion to Komodo Island is a nice feature of this trip. Seeing the dragons is a treat. Even better is seeing them in the wild on the other islands as they lumber around on the beach. On this trip we had the luck of rescuing a sea eagle that had been caught by a fisherman. We managed to get the fisherman to let us have the eagle that was in great need of water and food. After his release, he flew off to a tree on the island surely grateful to be free.
The final night's festivities included music, dancing, and limbo. The crew gets an A+ for entertainment on this September trip. Upon returning home, I immediately booked a return trip for two (me and my husband) in August 2005. Unfortunately, the August trip turned out to be not nearly as pleasant as my solo September experience.
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