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

Peter Hughes -- Komodo Dancer, Sep, 2010,

by ann mcgrath, VA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 5789.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 75 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions depth limits only, due to Nitrox use. time limits only enforced when the boat needed to travel after the dive.
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Decent amount of room on the boat for cameras. The crew rinses your camera after each dive for you, and puts your camera on the dive boat before each dive.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 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 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This was our second charter on the Komodo Dancer. It is a comfortable boat, but the downstairs cabins are small. The bathrooms have been redone and are now completely tiled, which is very nice. But the room on the top bunks is small, you can't really even sit upright. There is plenty of room under the lower bunk, though, for luggage.

We had no issues whatsoever on our trip. The only thing I will tell you is that although they have a satellite phone on board, there were areas where they couldn't even get a satellite signal, due to the fact we were diving in bays that were former volcanos, so the hills around the boat prevented getting a good satellite signal. Once you get away from Bali, there is little or no cell signal either.

The food service on this boat is very good, and the service in general is excellent. Our steward, Three, quickly learned what our favorite drinks and snacks were, so you would usually get it before you knew you wanted it! I requested a vegan menu, with salads at lunch and dinner, and they did an excellent job of accommodating my request. There was plenty of fresh fruit available all the time, and if you wanted something you didn't see, they would get it for you. Alcohol is not free, though, so recommend bringing your own liquor.

Dive crew is outstanding, including our leaders Michael and Claire. The divemasters found amazing stuff for us, and made sure that everyone who wanted to see the critter or photograph it, got a turn. They were a tremendous help with my 77-year old mom, getting in the dive boat, out of the dive boat, into and out of her gear.

It was also very enjoyable to watch the pigs, monkeys and Komodo dragons on the beach in the Komodo National Park.
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