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Dive Review of Peter Hughes/Komodo Dancer in

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Troberman, WA, USA
Contributor   (12 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3684
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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

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive limits were typically set at 60 minutes and 100 feet, but not strictly
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
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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