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Dive Review of Peter Hughes/Komodo Dancer in
Indonesia/Bali/Komodo

Peter Hughes/Komodo Dancer, Sep, 2007,

by Rick Troberman, WA, USA (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 3684.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Tahiti, Palau, GBR Australia-Coral Sea, Papua New Guinea, Galapagos, Belize, St. Vincent
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 73 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive limits were typically set at 60 minutes and 100 feet, but not strictly enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments On a scale of one to ten, this trip was an eleven! This was my eighth liveaboard, and I would have to say that it was the best I have been on. The weather was perfect the entire eleven days. The boat (a 125 foot wooden schooner) was great and the food and service were superb (a crew of 15 for 14 divers). The wind, weather, and currents all cooperated, which allowed us to hit all of the best dive sites, including Crystal Rock, Castle Rock, Hot Rocks, Yellow Wall, Batu Balong at Current City, and Seraya Beach. This was made possible because of the crew's willingness to change the schedule around the currents, which can be ripping, making some sites inaccessible at times. Indonesia offers a great variety of diving (reefs, rocks, walls, and muck diving), all of which were amazing. Some of the highlights included a mimic octopus; wonder pus; stargazers; sea moths; ornate ghost pipe fish (many); pigmy seahorses; regular seahorses; sea snakes; crocodile fish (several); a blue ribbon eel that came all the way out of its hole (and was nearly five feet long); and more nudibranchs and strange bottom dwellers than I could possibly name. Sadly, there were not a lot of sharks (an ominous trend almost everywhere). The boat cruises from Bali to Komodo National Park, and includes a land tour at the park to view the dragons. We also did several other great land excusions. Komodo Dancer offers both seven and eleven day trips. I strongly recommend the eleven day trip, because it is a long way to go, and there is a lot to see. Get there at least a few days before, and spend a few days touring Bali. The Puri Santrian Sanur Beach Resort (arranged by Peter Hughes) was reasonably priced and nice place to stay. I would highly recommend this boat to anyone interested in an Indonesian liveaboard.
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