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

Peter Hughes -- Komodo Dancer/Komodo Dancer, Nov, 2013,

by C Kapfer, VA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7701 has 2 Helpful votes.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Red Sea, Bali, Komodo, Oman, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy, currents, no currents
Water Temp 25 to 28 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 5 to 25 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your own no-deco profile, stay near DM. Dive times were ~60 minutes. Max depth 30m.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Good area for setup of ~5 large cameras. The large rinse tank was a bit crowded at times and could have used more frequent replacement. De ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
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Comments ---- The Good ----
This was a 10 day trip through Komodo. Diving on the whole was excellent, world class by any measure. The cruise director was a master at reading the notoriously finicky and sometimes dangerous currents in Komodo.

Dive sites were picked optimally given the weather conditions which at times were a challenge due to heavy seas and currents. There were a mix of large creatures (~15 mantas, several turtles, a few sharks, even a grey whale) and small critters (stargazers, nudis, a few frogfish, mandarin fish, ghost pipe fish, crabs, mantis shrimp, stonefish, etc) and most dive briefings were very helpful as the cruise director had intimate knowledge of the currents.

Fresh towels were provided after each dive. Gear was prepared for us on the tenders generally without a hitch, though occasionally the wrong weight pockets were placed in ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By robert kopki in FL, US at Aug 24, 2014 10:12 EST  
I dove on the KD in 2013 and there were roaches on the boat then. I advised Aggressor re this & got promises, promises, B.S. from Aggressor. However, it was still a very good trip and the diving was excellent. The reefs in the Komodo area were in pristine condition & vast. I would have been really pissed off if the was no NX on the boat. The NX system was fine on my trip.
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