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Dive Review of Peter Hughes - Komodo Dancer in

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Curt Andrus, TX, USA
Report Number 1953
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Wakatobi, Fiji, Palau, Baja, Seychelles, Belize, Cayman, Domonica,
Bonnaire, St. Martin, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Cozumel, Akumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
74   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time limits of 1 hr were specified. Diving within your certification limits
was the expectation.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    
Komodo Dancer crew was very good. Attentive to diver's needs. Food was
variable and plentiful. Briefings were held for every dive, even repeat
dives on the same sites. DMs were in the water for every dive. Diving was
from tenders which were easy to board & exit. We didn't spend enough
time in southern Komodo in my opinion. Stronger currents and cooler water
promoted greater diversity. Northern Komodo biodiversity was very good as
well - plenty of small reef fish, hard & soft corals, nudis, ghost
pipefish, pigmy seahorses, octopus & cuttlefish, as well as some larger
fish - Napoleon wrasses, bumphead parrots, and a number of sharks. Some
dynamite fishing in the area was audible (underwater) and some reef damage
was evident, but it was not devastating.  Ran aground on the last day
coming in to port. Had to be towed off the sandbar/reef by a tugboat from
Bali. No injuries or loss of equipment and the crew handled the situation
very professionally. Got us off the boat & into hotel rooms for the
last evening rather than staying onboard in port as per the itinerary.
Probably a good decision in light of potential repairs the boat may have
needed.  One person in the group had trouble in Guam. Continental gate
agent wouldn't let him board, said he didn't have enough blank pages in his
passport to enter Indo. He eventually made it and P. Hughes staff helped w/
arrangements so we could pick him up along the way (in Komodo.)    
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