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Dive Review of Dancer Fleet in
Indonesia/Komodo Is.

Dancer Fleet, Apr, 2013,

by robert kopki, VA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6996.

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

Accommodations N/A Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was the 7 day Deep South Komodo itinerary.

The reefs were simply magnificient and vast, the best Reef Diving
I have done in 30 years.Incredible healthy corals,invertibrates,
sponges, and small critters. Nudibranch heaven. Not as many
fish as I would have expected,given the healthy condition of the
reefs.

I don't think I saw more than 10 sharks on the entire trip, also
surprising. We saw about 5 large Mantas at cleaning stations,
and a few Napoleon Wrasses. Not really a lot of big fish given
this healthy ecosystem.

A few incredible night dives, where many bizarre critters came
out to play. Sea Pens, Giant Nudibranchs, calico shrimp,
ghost pipefish,several types of frogfish, Mantis Shrimp, etc.

A few locations were literally covered with Crinoids. I have
never seen hundreds and hundreds of various crinoid species
in a small area like Cannibal Rock.

We got a close look at the Komodo Dragons both from the launch
near the shore and during a 2 hr hike in Komodo National Park.

The mother ship was a 12 year old classic Indonesian wooden schooner
that looked like it was 30 years old. Not up to the quality
of other Aggressor boats I have been on. The interior of the
boat had the distinct odor of bilges that were long overdue
to be cleaned. I am a long time boat owner & know what a dirty
bilge smells like. Otherwise,the condition of the boat was fine.
All diving was done from 2 twenty ft fast fiberglass launches that
were very adequate.

The crew of about 20 was very courteous & helpful. Very good service.

The food quality varied but was adequate. Breakfasts were great.
The lunches & dinners were hit & miss, some very good, some not
so good. I don't understand why they served either steak or pasta on 4 nights for dinner instead of Indonesian food. Because the Indonesian
food on board was great. However, you don't come to Komodo for the food.

The island landscapes along the trip were very beautiful,rugged,
& lush. Almost a " Jurassic Park" kind of setting.Given this
is the home of the Komodo Dragons, who knows what other kind of critters are living in this remote jungle.

I must say that it was a very long trip to get to Labuan Bajo,
which is the departure point for the trip. 4 planes & 39 hours
from the US East Coast.

After the dive trip, I was able to spend 5 weeks in Bali.
Staying in Bali was a wonderful experience.
The Balinese people are so nice & hospitable in every possible way.
And the Hindu culture and Architecture in Bali is very interesting.
I was not ready to leave Bali, even having spent 5 weeks there.

Overall, it was a great diving experience & I will do it again.





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Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 77-86°F / 25-30°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60-80 Ft/ 18-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 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 Camera Tables on the mother ship as well as rinse barrels.
Plenty of battery charging stations.
The diving launches were small & therefore had no camera
facilities other than foam padding on the floors to rest
cameras on.
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