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Dive Review of Peter Hughes -- Komodo Dancer in

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by ann mcgrath, VA, US
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 5789
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits only, due to Nitrox use.  time limits only enforced when the
boat needed to travel after the dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Decent amount of room on the boat for cameras.  The crew rinses your camera
after each dive for you, and puts your camera on the dive boat before each
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second charter on the Komodo Dancer.  It is a comfortable
boat, but the downstairs cabins are small.  The bathrooms have been redone
and are now completely tiled, which is very nice.  But the room on the top
bunks is small, you can't really even sit upright.  There is plenty of room
under the lower bunk, though, for luggage.

We had no issues whatsoever on our trip.  The only thing I will tell you is
that although they have a satellite phone on board, there were areas where
they couldn't even get a satellite signal, due to the fact we were diving
in bays that were former volcanos, so the hills around the boat prevented
getting a good satellite signal.  Once you get away from Bali, there is
little or no cell signal either.

The food service on this boat is very good, and the service in general is
excellent.  Our steward, Three, quickly learned what our favorite drinks
and snacks were, so you would usually get it before you knew you wanted it!
 I requested a vegan menu, with salads at lunch and dinner, and they did an
excellent job of accommodating my request.  There was plenty of fresh fruit
available all the time, and if you wanted something you didn't see, they
would get it for you.  Alcohol is not free, though, so recommend bringing
your own liquor.

Dive crew is outstanding, including our leaders Michael and Claire.  The
divemasters found amazing stuff for us, and made sure that everyone who
wanted to see the critter or photograph it, got a turn.  They were a
tremendous help with my 77-year old mom, getting in the dive boat, out of
the dive boat, into and out of her gear.

It was also very enjoyable to watch the pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons on
the beach in the Komodo National Park.
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