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Dive Review of Dancer fleet/Tropic Dancer in
Micronesia/Palau

Dancer fleet/Tropic Dancer , Nov, 2012,

by John Drummond, ca, US ( 2 reports). Report 6771.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm, currents
Water Temp 84 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions MOD for nitrox. Encouraged but not required to stick with the group
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments I'm not a photo guy. I heard no complaints from the UWPs

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 hype.
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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