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

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Edith Summey, IL, USA
Report Number 2114
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
naire,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

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
83   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Tried to limit dive to 60 minutes. Sometimes this was a problem. Otherwise,
solo diving with pony, with computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
     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
     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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