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Dive Review of Peter Hughes -- Komodo Dancer/Komodo Dancer in

November, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by C Kapfer, VA, USA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Bali, Komodo, Oman, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
calm, choppy, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
25   to 28    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
5   to 25    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own no-deco profile, stay near DM.  Dive times were ~60 minutes. 
Max depth 30m.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
4 stars
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Good area for setup of ~5 large cameras.  The large rinse tank was a bit
crowded at times and could have used more frequent replacement.  De
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2 stars
Service and Attitude
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Overall Rating

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---- The Good ----
This was a 10 day trip through Komodo.  Diving on the whole was excellent,
world class by any measure.  The cruise director was a master at reading
the notoriously finicky and sometimes dangerous currents in Komodo.  

Dive sites were picked optimally given the weather conditions which at
times were a challenge due to heavy seas and currents.  There were a mix of
large creatures (~15 mantas, several turtles, a few sharks, even a grey
whale) and small critters (stargazers, nudis, a few frogfish, mandarin
fish, ghost pipe fish, crabs, mantis shrimp, stonefish, etc) and most dive
briefings were very helpful as the cruise director had intimate knowledge
of the currents.  

Fresh towels were provided after each dive.  Gear was prepared for us on
the tenders generally without a hitch, though occasionally the wrong weight
pockets were placed in ...
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By robertmk24 at Aug 24, 2014 10:12 EST  
I dove on the KD in 2013 and there were roaches on the boat then.
I advised Aggressor re this & got promises, promises, B.S. from
However, it was still a very good trip and the diving was excellent.
The reefs in the Komodo area were in pristine condition & vast.
I would have been really pissed off if the was no NX on the boat.
The NX system was fine on my trip.
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