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Dive Review of komodo Dancer in

December, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Lehach, ny, usa
Report Number 313
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Most area of Caribean, Hawaii, Cocos, Galapagos,Palau, Solomans, Fiji, Yap.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
NDC diving.  No reason to violate.  Most dives 50-90 Feet. All dives
limited to 60 minutes. Nitrox 32% available.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 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
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table was on foredeck and exposed to the elements.  Charging station
inside main cabin.  Table inadequate if more than 3 photographers on board.
 E-6 processing available. No rinse tanks on tenders.  Cameras had to be
brought into A/C cabin/salon when boat underway due to location and storage
facilities of the table.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Komodo has some of the best reefs I have seen for color and divesity. Some
overfishing is evident in the scarsity of large fish on some sites. 
Visibility in late Dec early Jan was 30 to 50 feet on most dives. did have
2 with 10 -15 feet which was very disappointing.  A few had 80 -90 feet. 
Boat is comfortable in general.  Meals are eaten on foredeck weather
permitting.  Main salon is cramped with full boat.  Unfortunatly the salon
also leaks when it rains along with 4 of the 8 cabins.  Breakfast was
standard liveaboard, lunches were usually very good, but the sit down
diners were usually on the poor side(the chef should stick with what he
knows, diners were usually more western style dishs and inferior in
Captain left port without enough fuel in the tanks and lost a full day of
diving in Komodo when we had to refuel outside of Komodo.  Expected 46
dives to be available on 11 day trip (9.5 days of diving) and only 30 dives
were made available(max. of 4 dives on full dive days).  This was a real
disappointment and Peter Highes should change their advertising if this is
what is to be expected.  Will definitly return to Indonesia and Komodo but
will try and find another operator that delivers what they advertise.
Komodo dancer is on the pricey side for Indonseia and would be worth it if
the boat was in top condition and all dives advertised were delivered,
unfortunatly neither occured.  It is a shame because the crew was very
friendly and helpful.
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