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Dive Review of Peter Hughes - Komodo Dancer in
Indonesia/Bali/Komodo

Peter Hughes - Komodo Dancer, Sep, 2004,

by Curt Andrus, TX, USA . Report 1953.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Wakatobi, Fiji, Palau, Baja, Seychelles, Belize, Cayman, Domonica, Bonnaire, St. Martin, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, Cozumel, Akumel
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 74 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time limits of 1 hr were specified. Diving within your certification limits was the expectation.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Komodo Dancer crew was very good. Attentive to diver's needs. Food was variable and plentiful. Briefings were held for every dive, even repeat dives on the same sites. DMs were in the water for every dive. Diving was from tenders which were easy to board & exit. We didn't spend enough time in southern Komodo in my opinion. Stronger currents and cooler water promoted greater diversity. Northern Komodo biodiversity was very good as well - plenty of small reef fish, hard & soft corals, nudis, ghost pipefish, pigmy seahorses, octopus & cuttlefish, as well as some larger fish - Napoleon wrasses, bumphead parrots, and a number of sharks. Some dynamite fishing in the area was audible (underwater) and some reef damage was evident, but it was not devastating. Ran aground on the last day coming in to port. Had to be towed off the sandbar/reef by a tugboat from Bali. No injuries or loss of equipment and the crew handled the situation very professionally. Got us off the boat & into hotel rooms for the last evening rather than staying onboard in port as per the itinerary. Probably a good decision in light of potential repairs the boat may have needed. One person in the group had trouble in Guam. Continental gate agent wouldn't let him board, said he didn't have enough blank pages in his passport to enter Indo. He eventually made it and P. Hughes staff helped w/ arrangements so we could pick him up along the way (in Komodo.)
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