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Dive Review of Peter Hughes -- Komodo Dancer in

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Stephen Kouri, WA, US
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Report Number 5949
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Kona(HI),Maui(HI),Figi,Little Cayman,Cozumel,Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
77   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 Minutes - Stay with Dive Master  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second live-aboard dive vacation. We booked this Komodo trip
based upon on a good experience with Peter Hughes in Belize.

The Komodo boat was comfortable, but not as nice as the Hughes boat in
Belize. If you are prone to sea sickness, then this boat may be a
challenge. Crossing the Lombock straight a lot of experienced dive
travelers were sick or couldn't sleep for a couple days.

Power on the boat is 220, but make sure your 220 to 110 converter is round.
Indonesia uses sunken round power outlets that will not fit square
converters. Some cabins have furniture that is not secured. Check your
cabin for mobile furniture, flowers and any other items that may crash in
the night during bumpy seas.

If you don't bring it with you, then don't expect it to be available on the
boat. There was  limited rental gear as is common in remote sites.

Water temperatures ranged from 77F to 83F. My wife and I layered with 3mm
full suits plus 3/5 hooded vests for most dives. There were some divers who
preferred 7mm full suits.

Currents were highly variable. One site had 3 knot currents the first time
and light current the second time. It was worth fighting the current since
we saw several mantas up close. You'll want to bring a reef hook to keep
these situations manageable.

We had two new divers on the boat. I was impressed how the staff made sure
they had alternative dives when the conditions were challenging even for
experienced divers.

Overall this was some of the best diving we've done. Plenty of fish and
superior coral gardens. Our guides Gary and Claire did a good job choosing
sites during the start of the diving season when currents and visibility
were changing by the hour.
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