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Dive Review of komodo Dancer in
Indonesia

komodo Dancer, Dec, 2002,

by Richard Lehach, ny, usa . Report 313.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Most area of Caribean, Hawaii, Cocos, Galapagos, Palau, Solomans, Fiji, Yap.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 77 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 10 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions NDC diving. No reason to violate. Most dives 50-90 Feet. All dives limited to 60 minutes. Nitrox 32% available.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

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 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera table was on foredeck and exposed to the elements. Charging station inside main cabin. Table inadequate if more than 3 photographers on board. E-6 processing available. No rinse tanks on tenders. Cameras had to be brought into A/C cabin/salon when boat underway due to location and storage facilities of the table.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Komodo has some of the best reefs I have seen for color and divesity. Some overfishing is evident in the scarsity of large fish on some sites. Visibility in late Dec early Jan was 30 to 50 feet on most dives. did have 2 with 10 -15 feet which was very disappointing. A few had 80 -90 feet. Boat is comfortable in general. Meals are eaten on foredeck weather permitting. Main salon is cramped with full boat. Unfortunatly the salon also leaks when it rains along with 4 of the 8 cabins. Breakfast was standard liveaboard, lunches were usually very good, but the sit down diners were usually on the poor side(the chef should stick with what he knows, diners were usually more western style dishs and inferior in quality).
Captain left port without enough fuel in the tanks and lost a full day of diving in Komodo when we had to refuel outside of Komodo. Expected 46 dives to be available on 11 day trip (9.5 days of diving) and only 30 dives were made available(max. of 4 dives on full dive days). This was a real disappointment and Peter Highes should change their advertising if this is what is to be expected. Will definitly return to Indonesia and Komodo but will try and find another operator that delivers what they advertise. Komodo dancer is on the pricey side for Indonseia and would be worth it if the boat was in top condition and all dives advertised were delivered, unfortunatly neither occured. It is a shame because the crew was very friendly and helpful.
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