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Dive Review of Dancer fleet/Tropic Dancer in

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by John Drummond, ca, US (2 reports)
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Fiji, French Polynesia, Dutch Antilles, Cozumel, Hawaii (all
islands), Yap, others
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents  
Water Temp
84   to    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
MOD for nitrox.  Encouraged but not required to stick with the group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I'm not a photo guy.  I heard no complaints from the UWPs
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
Great service attitude.  Very good dive guides.  Thorough briefings. Food
superb. (Bravo Mani and assistants!)  All diving is from one skiff (panga),
which, of course, puts everyone on exactly the same clock on and off the
mother ship.  There were some moderately strong currents.  (Reef hooks
provided.)  The accommodations were 4 of 5.  (I prefer cabins with two beds
side by side and no overhead bunk to bang your head on in the night.)
FYI, the Dancer and the Aggressor in Palau are physically almost identical
boats.  The same crew group works on both boats.  I did not tour the
Aggressor but I would expect an Aggressor trip to be much the same as ours.
 The Aggressor was in sight most of the time.
We did a land tour on Peleliu (focussed on the WW II combat).  Very
interesting to this observer.  Jelly fish lake is unique and deserves the
The bad news was nothing to do with the dive operation.  Your choices for
flying in and out of Palau from the U.S. are the middle of the night or the
middle of the night.  It made especially the eastbound return trip
physiologically brutal.  Build in stops along the way or recovery time once
you are stateside.  On the day (early morning) of arrival in Palau we went
to the Sea Passion Hotel to await the 5 pm boarding.  I would use it again.
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