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The DANCER FLEET -- KOMODO DANCER --
cruising the Bali, Komodo & Flores islands of South-Central Indonesia.

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DANCER FLEET DIVING, KOMODO DANCER -- top scuba liveaboard in Southern Indonesia.


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The world-renowned DANCER FLEET

EXCITING CLASSIC LIVE-ABOARD KOMODO DANCER in INDONESIA !
BALI, KOMODO & FLORES Island Groups

A popular exploratory diving live-aboard in the SE Asian Pacific.
Yes, Virginia, there is such a thing as the Komodo dragon;
& you can go see that hissing critter on this boat!
Plus thousands of fish & corals
everywhere you turn
underwater !!

Package parameters: all prices calculated for double-occupancy stateroom + 1 night in a 4-star oceanside Bali hotel (Raddin Sanur Bali Hotel) prior to boarding + all meals on vessel + island transfers on Bali. Vessel carries 16 divers + about 8 crew members. The total cruise itinerary is several hundred miles through virgin wildnerness reef sectors of the Indo-Pacific. This is bona fide liveaboard Valhalla -- on the current Queen of Indonesia live-aboards -- the MV Komodo Dancer. International air tickets to Denpassar, Bali are extra, as are tips & some side tours.


CALL US about SPECIAL DISCOUNTS that are ANNOUNCED, PERIODICALLY, throughout the YEAR ! Feel free to call 952-953-4124 any time & our live-aboard vacation planners will check for the lowest-possible package price on the cruise dates you prefer. Welcome aboard, amigos del mar!





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KOMODO DANCER vessel-vacation-package price components: 1 Owner's Suite (Queen bed on upper deck) = $TBA per diver + port fees + fuel surcharge + our USDT diver tariff. Non-divers get 10% discount, as do divers older than 59 years, or special coupon holders (if applicable). 2 Deluxe Cabins have single bed on top + double bed below; price = $TBA per diver + extras. 5 Twin Staterooms have two single beds in stacked bunkbed fashion; price = $TBA per diver + extras.



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• Active-Duty or Retired Military Personnel, with official ID card, receive a full 10% discount.

• $100 discount for Teachers with proper school district ID (active or retired).

• $100 discount for High School/College Students with student ID (age 22 and younger).

• $100 discount for Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters & EMS pros with proper ID.

• $100 discount for Senior Citizens 65 & over with passport or driver's license ID.

• $100 discount for Airline Pilots & Flight Attendants with flight pro ID.

• $200 discount for Non-Divers.

• $200 discount for Consecutive Charters (within 30 days on either fleet).

• $100 discount for 2nd trip within 12 months.

• $200 discount for 3rd trip within 12 months.

• Kids ages 5-10 receive 25% off on 'Family Weeks'.

• On Family Weeks, children ages 5-10 must stay in a cabin with a parent. On regular charters, the minimum age is 10 years. No discount applies.

• Money-saving specials cannot be used in conjunction with discounted charters.

• When multiple discounts apply, only the most generous (one) can be applied to the charter rate. Please notify your U.S. DIVE TRAVEL agent of any discounts or vouchers at the time of booking. In all cases, notification after final payment will result in forfeiture of discount.




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KOMODO DANCER, Indonesia live-aboard.
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& the Komodo Dancer owners.

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Bowsprit view of the Komodo
Dancer's sister live-aboard.

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WONDERING about WHETHER to VISIT BALI NOW, in the wake of HEADLINES?
TIME to LOOK AHEAD, REJOICE in LIFE & WELCOME the FUTURE, LOCAL FOLKS AFFIRM ....
"Our MAGIC is INDESTRUCTIBLE," declares the energetic KOMODO DANCER SKIPPER
in a SPECIAL MESSAGE to our CLIENTS, interested in INDONESIA LIVEABOARD DIVING !

First, I would like to thank the divers who have come and dived with us on board the Komodo Dancer in spite of the travel warnings issued against Bali and Indonesia after the (two) Bali bomb blasts (in past years). Your support in these difficult times is deeply appreciated. To all of you who have bookings for next year: we look forward to welcoming you onboard for a magical dive extravaganza!

Many thanks to Peter Hughes who took the initiative to come to Bali as soon as possible after the blast to show his support to us and to the Balinese. Also many thanks to the PHD team who continually work so hard to offer divers the best dive holidays they can wish for.

During Peter's stay in Bali we were interviewed by Bloomberg News, a Jakarta TV channel and Bali TV the local channel. Those interviews gave us the chance to voice to the Balinese that we, as part of the local dive industry, are doing everything in our power to encourage people to come to Bali and dive Indonesia's amazing reefs.

We respectfully visited the devastation at ground zero where Peter met with a member of the local Banjar (Kuta-Legian administration) who was obviously very pleased with the foreign support. On the day we visited the site, Balinese were preparing the "cleansing" ceremony to recover the delicate balance between good and evil on the island. This very rare and very big ceremony was performed on the 15th of November, the same day a memorial ceremony was held in New York.

As everywhere, life goes on in Bali. Children go to school and play freely, people go to markets, temples are decorated, and on Sunday many families go to the beach. For those who still have a job, work as usual is the order of the day. And, of course, Bali's natural beauty is as abundant as always.

Bali depends largely on the tourist industry. As you can imagine, Bali's economy has been hit very hard. The Hindu population here feels that their island, their peaceful way of life was "raped". During the last 2 months many initiatives to recover the Bali tourist industry have been undertaken by the local tourist industry. Every day expatriates and locals work hand in hand to promote Bali as a still prime holiday destination. Mere condemnation and denunciation of terrorism will achieve nothing, nor will a thirst for revenge rebuild the shattered Balinese economy. Every traveler who makes their way to Bali will, however, contribute greatly to the recovery process with their confident presence and their financial vote of support.

In my personal experience living here for many years I know how hard everybody worked to make Bali the great holiday destination it has become, how they carefully integrated tourism into the traditional way of life to preserve the unique and rich Balinese culture.

Negative travel advisories still have not all been revoked. It is more than sad to see how all suffer under the harsh judgment of western countries. The double standards that apply are rankling many industries that are trying to operate on a playing field that isn't level. How much heed should travelers pay to the warnings? Are foreigners exposing themselves to unacceptable risks when visiting Bali? On a broader picture, we live our daily lives exposed to many risks, car accidents, crime, risk of murder, and even household accidents, but these risks can be quantified so that we feel more secure in our choices. But with terrorist attacks we are faced with a new, greater uncertainty. We have no clue what may happen next.


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The Diving Dancer Fleet --
Komodo Dancer, Indonesia -- Lido Deck Plan.



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To have freedom of choice and the choice for freedom is one of our basic rights as humans. We all like to believe that we are in control of our lives. Now we feel, because of terrorist acts, even our daily lives are affected in one or another way. So what should we do? Stay at home? Hide? Live life in fear and be involuntarily restrained? Or should we insist on having control over our lives and do the things we really want to do and enjoy our freedom? We do realize that both control and enjoyment of freedom in our lives are our personal responsibility. So instead of waiting for others to decide for us when and were we can travel, we have to decide for ourselves what kind of life we want to live based on a broad array of information resources.

Although I feel very safe living and working here, it is impossible to say that Bali is now guaranteed safe. Equally, it is impossible to say that any place is so safe. Potential visitors should try to keep matters in perspective; they are probably far more likely to be injured in a road accident in their own town than to be the victim of a terrorist bomb. The whole list of "chances are this" and "chances are that" is on our minds when we make our daily decisions. At the end of the day of balancing the risks, we know we should not put off visiting places like Bali or New York in immediate reaction to irregular events.

If we do, we would be handing victory to the terrorists. And surely that is in no one's interest. It is not arms that win wars, but ideas. While Peter was here, we discussed philosophies to cope with the tragedy. We also made many fine dives that overshadowed grim situations with pure joy. We dove in the waters of Komodo, famous for some of the best diving in the world. Together with the other 12 guests, Peter and I explored the reefs of the Komodo National Park and just had a great time on and under the water. Business as usual one could say. By now, you won't be surprised to read that the Komodo Dancer will continue to sail its planned schedule, offering those who choose to come to Bali a fantastic dive holiday.

In the name of all Balinese and the Komodo Dancer crew, we invite you to come, enjoy Bali and the diving beyond this magical island!!

Bali needs your support!!

Om Çanti Çanti Çanti Om ...
(Traditional Balinese good-bye meaning "Peace, Peace, Peace!"

Guido Brink,
Owner & Manager of the Komodo Dancer, Bali, Indonesia

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Oddball species near Komodo.

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Beautiful Indo-Pacific crab.

Komodo dragon, man alive, don't you just love to pronounce that phrase, jetting the air right through your front teeth -- Komodo Dragon! Fantasy becomes fact, & fact becomes the stuff of better fantasies in one of Indonesia's last frontiers of virgin scuba diving -- the central island groups surrounding Komodo, Bali & Flores islands.

Our friend Peter Hughes says, & this gent has been scuba diving in some of the world's most remote & magnificent locales for decades -- "The lure of the unexplored is irresistible, & welcome to a brand new journey to the land of Dragons & Volcanoes, a real life 'Jurassic Park' above & below the surface of the seas. This is Komodo, Indonesia, one of the last frontiers of the underwater world. This 'Land That Time Forgot' is located some 200 nautical miles east of Bali, deep in the Indonesian archipelago between the islands of Sumbawa & Flores."

But those dinosaur-brained, bullwhip-tailed, razor-toothed, speed-waddling chunks o' mean street muscle -- the Komodo dragons -- are only a fraction of the bizarre & beautiful exotica to be found here in the central Indonesia Archipelago. We're coming here for the scuba diving, most of all, right? Right on, amigos del mar. Dragons & their delightful dragon breath are just frosting on the ol' Komodo Cake. On this the latest ace of Indonesia live-aboards, it's the scuba diving that tells the true tale, & brings adventure divers from all over the world to experience that "something new" we all crave continuously in the arena of adventure sports. Adrenaline + endorphins + pure sleep amines, that's the flow of brain chemistry on this Bali - Komodo - Flores romp!

Most world-class scuba diving sites are usually formed by either volcanic formations of undersea rock OR by massive amounts of unusual limestone (coral) deposits. This portion of the very large country of Indonesia is blessed by BOTH! You will see plenty of volcanic action as you explore the numerous seamounts in the area, with vast schools of jacks, countless pelagics of multi-hued & marvelous mien, mantas like mad, the occasional whale shark, & other stunning denizens of the blue-water community. The gusting currents that surge & swirl through the deep channels between Komodo & Rinca islands produce such a wild variety of conditions that there is something here for everybody. Great visibility, drift dives, massive cliffs of black basalt, endless sheer walls & dazzling coral gardens combine to house one of the most prolific & diverse marine ecosystems on earth. The scuba diving is total brain candy down here, more than words can really convey. One need to be Salvidor Dali with a touch of Peter Max, on high-test lattes! So here we go, mates -- a Peter Hughes yacht by way of Peter Max! Always to the Max with these exceptional luxury diving yachts. Max enjoyment, max diving, max critter counts, max professional guide support, max service, & best of all -- really reasonable prices.

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All Dancer Fleet vessels
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Fun li'l boutique.

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Comfortable salon.

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Spacious sundeck.

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Hi-tech photo room.

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Dive deck beckons!



Indonesia diving is all about discovery, dazzling depth of critter count. These are among key operative words on the Dancer Fleet Komodo Dancer. There are scores of species down here that bio-taxonomists have yet to even name & classify. Between the seamounts are vast unexplored coral reefs, often in shallow water perfect for live-aboard divers, & teeming with unusual tropical reef fish. In fact, this area plays host to more than 1,100 different species of fish (the best Caribbean islands offer around 700, by comparison). With a careful eye, even the most jaded fish watcher will discover hundreds of new species of brilliantly colored reef fish; plus an astounding array of invertebrates, some of which have never even been properly identified! Topside, the tropical island seascape is festooned with islands & islets & motus & atolls of every description, their volcanic bases gnawed away by eons of ocean waves, but their crowns are distinctive & unique. While Bali is green & tropically lush, Komodo is much dryer & features grassy meadows & a "desert" type feel to the landscape. Hence a perfect habitat for its most famous residents, the Komodo dragons, the largest lizards on earth.

Whether you are ripping along the top of a seamount on a lickety-split current dive, or whether you might be poking around in the shallows late in the day or night, or trekking the flower-rich, friendly islands on a topside adventure, Komodo, Indonesia is calling you, big time ... Peter Hughes Komodo Dancer is the answer, folks. Come drink in the very best scuba diving in the world. THIS IS NO HYPERBOLE, AMIGOS del MAR.

It is a simple unvarnished fact. Move over, Red Sea. Move over Maldives. Move over Cocos, Galapagos, Palau & PNG. Who's your Daddy now? Indonesia diving is like a long wet kiss from Aphrodite on the half-shell, 4 or 5 times a day until your senses are flaming & flapping like some red flag in a sweet hot summer breeze that just won't quit. Indonesia diving rocks, & you roll along, gently, to the easy rhythm of life in the world's most extensive string of tropical islands. Komodo diving is beyond belief, baby. Let the good times roll.

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Tons of teeny critters!

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Great & small, life abounds.

DANCER FLEET's SCUBA DIVING TIPS: Cooler water (68-76 degrees F.) in the south, due to Indian Ocean currents. Viz typically 40 to 80 feet in this area. Northern water washed by Flores & Banda Sea much warmer (76 - 84 degrees) & viz usually in excess of 100 feet, often more. All cruises explore both the southern & northern areas of Komodo, with occasional weather exceptions.

The ol' skipper assures us that, "The political situation is stable in this area of Indonesia, no threats to travelers, that we know of thus far." Thus far, he is right, folks. Peter is talking straight. But further north & NE of these islands are other sectors of Indonesia that have experienced some distressing political turmoil in the last couple years. Check our new article on Indonesia's current challenges, in the "John & Susan's Coconut Telegram" page, easily found at the bottom of the Information Kits directory on our U.S. Dive Travel Home Page. We want you to make a good clean decision, based on the facts, not on conjecture or wishful thinking. Your safety means a heck of a lot more than anything else to us.



When you choose to cruise with Dancer Fleet, you shed your shoes & lose your blues,
then dive down to pelagic zoos. So John & Sooz say tip the crews & spread the news!



NEWS RECAP: The M/V KOMODO DANCER finished construction in February 2002. This is a motor/sailer, capable of cruising under sail most days, in a swift & efficient manner & then when needed it can average 10-12 knots under engine power. The combination is perfect for the waters of Indonesia. The Peter Hughes Komodo Dancer is sitting pretty, in the water, engines & transmissions fully installed, & final outfitting of the 8 cabins (16 passengers) & interior space is underway. The boat is being built & managed in Indonesia through PHD's partners, Meridian Worldwide Ltd. & P.T. Ombak Putih.

This scuba diving live-aboard will be based in Bali & cruise the waters of Bali, Komodo (also a national park), & Flores Islands. Air travel is through Bali. Travelers on all cruises will also have opportunities for land-based excursions. Additional land culture/travel tours available as extensions to the live-aboard adventure itineraries of Peter Hughes Komodo Dancer.

BEST to PLAN AHEAD: This superbly-run live-aboard is currently accepting dive travel bookings for groups & couples well into 2005 -- so come aboard the MV Komodo Dancer. Long may she ride the waves of central Indonesia , safe & sound & happy as a kid in a big blue puddle of spring.

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KOMODO DANCER – FORMAL VESSEL SIZE & EQUIPMENT SPEC’S

 

(Most texts here below are courtesy of our travel partners at the Peter Hughes Dancer Fleet + the owners of Komodo Dancer.)

 

 

 

KOMODO DANCER -- TYPICAL CRUISE ITINERARIES  (Bali - Komodo – Bali)

 

[ 7- NIGHT ITINERARY /  5.5 Dive Days ]

 

The Komodo Dancer covers the Lesser Sunda Islands region of Indonesia. Starting from Bali & heading east, we visit the dive sites at Satonda, Sangeang, Banta, & of course mainly Komodo National Park. Itineraries may change at the skipper’s professional discretion, because of weather & sea conditions.

 

Day 1: Benoa

09:30 – We depart Benoa for Satonda.

 

Day 2: Satonda

We arrive at Satonda & select dives from sites such as Lake Entrance Bay, Sand Chute, Lost Boys, Radden Sea Mount. Plan on a Crater Lake Land Excursion, & then depart for Gilli Banta.

 

Day 3: Gilli Banta

We arrive at Gilli Banta & select dives such as Star Wars, GPS Point, K2, Rollercoaster, Night Dive The Circus. Depart for KNP.

 

Day 4: Komodo National Park / Padar

We arrive at KNP Loh Liang & select dives such as Dragon Walk, Pink Beach. Depart for Padar & dive sites like Pillarsteen, W-Reef, Night Dive Pasir Putih. Late afternoon Pink Beach Walk.

 

Day 5: Nusa Kode

We depart Padar. Arrive Nusa Kode & select dives such as Cannibal Rock,Yellow Wall. Night Dive Cannibal Rock. Plan on a Rinca Beach Walk.

 

Day 6: Langkoi / Gili Lawah Darat

Depart Nusa Kode. Arrive Langkoi & select dives such as Manta Alley. Depart Langkoi. Dive Pygmy Paradise & GLD Passage.

 

Day 7: Gili Lawah Laut / Batu Moncho / Satonda

Depart Gilli Lawah Darat. Dive Castle Rock. Dive Crystal Rock. Depart for Batu Moncho. Arrive at Batu Moncho. Dive Batu Moncho Point & Batu Moncho Bay. Depart for Satonda / Benoa.

 

Day 8: Benoa, Bali

Arrive Benoa, Bali. Beach, Bali strolls, side tours, etc. Disembarkation.

 

 

[ 11- NIGHT ITINERARY /  9.5 Dive Days ]

 

 

Day 1:  Wednesday -- Departure

09:30 - Depart Benoa for Satonda.

 

Day 2:  Thursday -- Satonda

Arrive at Satonda & we get down to the fun, selecing our dives from sites such as Lake Entrance Bay, Sand Chute, Lost Boys, Radden Sea Mount. Crater Lake Land Excursion. Depart for Gilli Banta.

 

Day 3:  Friday -- Gilli Banta

Arrive at Gilli Banta & select dives from sites such as Star Wars, GPS Point, K2, Rollercoaster. Night Dive is The Circus. Depart for KNP.

 

Day 4:  Saturday -- Komodo National Park / Padar

Arrive at KNP Loh Liang. Dragon Walk. Dive Pink Beach. Depart for Padar & select dives from sites such as Pillarsteen, W-Reef, Night Dive Pasir Putih. Plan on a Pink Beach Walk.

 

Day 5:  Sunday -- Nusa Kode

Depart Padar. Arrive Nusa Kode & select dives from sites such as Cannibal Rock, Yellow Wall, Night Dive Cannibal Rock. Plan on a Rinca Beach Walk.

 

Day 6:  Monday --  Langkoi  / Sebayur

Depart Nusa Kode. Arrive Langkoi. Dive Manta Alley (Ronald - Advanced Open Water Naturalist). Depart Langkoi. Arrive Sebayur. Dive Sebauyr Kecil West (Ronald - Nitrox Dive 1). Night Dive Sebauyr Kecil East.

 

Day 7:  Tuesday: Tatawa / Gili Lawah Darat

Depart Sebayur. Arrive Tatawa Kecil (Ronald - Nitrox Dive 2). Dive Tatawa Kecil. Depart for Gilli Lawah Darat. Arrive Gilli Lawah Darat & select dives from sites such as Pygmy Paradise & GLD Passage.

 

Day 8:  Wednesday -- Gili Lawah Laut / Batu Moncho

Depart Gilli Lawah Darat. Dive Castle Rock. Dive Crystal Rock. Depart for Batu Moncho. Arrive at Batu Moncho. Dive Batu Moncho Point. Dive Batu Moncho Bay.

 

Day 9:  Thursday -- Gili Banta / Sangeang

Depart Batu Moncho. Arrive Gili Banta. Dive GPS Point. Split Dive: K2/Starwars. Depart for Sangeang. Dive Hot Rocks. Depart for Satonda.

 

Day 10:  Friday – Satonda / Madang

Arrive at Satonda & dive sites such as Lost Boys or Lake Entrance Bay. Depart for Madang. Dive Madang. Depart for Tulamben.

 

Day 11:  Saturday -- Tulamben

Arrive at Tulamben. Dive USAT Liberty. Tulamben Shore Excursion. Dive Alam Anda / Drop Off. Dive USAT Liberty.

 

Day 12:  Sunday -- Benoa, Bali

09:00 - Arrive Benoa, Bali

 

 

TRAVEL PLANNING GUIDE for INDONESIA DIVING & the KOMODO DANCER

 

Where is Bali, Indonesia?

The name Indonesia has its roots in two Greek words: "Indos" meaning Indian & "Nesos" which means islands. It is an appropriate description of the archipelago as there are estimated to be a total of 17,508 islands, of which only about 6,000 are inhabited, stretching for 5,150 km between the Australian & Asian continental mainland & dividing the Pacific & Indian Oceans at the Equator. The islands & people of Indonesia constitute the fourth most populated nation in the world. As a democratic republic, Indonesia is divided into 27 provinces & special territories & classified geographically into four groups. Bali is part of the Lesser Sundas, a chain of small islands stretching eastward.

 

What kind of diving is found in Indonesia & when is the best time to dive there?

M/V Komodo Dancer visits dive sites between Bali & the Komodo National Park, part of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Any time of the year this area of Indonesia offers good diving. Visibility might vary from season to season but in general 10 to 30 meters (35 to 100 ft.) can be expected on most dive sites.

 

After a very long cruise (approx. 20 hours), the first stop on either a 7 night cruise (5.5 dive days) or 11 night cruise (9.5 dive days) is normally the small island of Satonda, just off of the northern coast of Sumbawa, for your check-out dive. You'll enjoy maximum bottom time on virgin reefs that have experienced minimum human impact as you dive the islands east of Bali.  A mandatory 'check-out' dive will be required of EVERY diver on the first day of the charter, regardless of previous diving experience or certification. There are sandy slopes with big coral heads on the southern part of the island & on the northwestern tip a fantastic wall. Currents are moderate. Water temperature is usually around 28° C (83° F).

 

Our next stop is at Banta Island. We are now much closer to Komodo so you will be able to experience the diving conditions that characterize this region. A dive at GPS point will show what you are in for once you start diving in Komodo. Shark sightings on this current-blown pinnacle are common. The other Banta dive sites closer to the island are extremely rich in soft & hard coral with a wide variety of reef fish. The sites closer to Banta Island are a macro photographers dream.  The specie richness & differentiation will knock your booties off, folks.  Indonesia is simply a hotbed of colorful marine life species, nearly everywhere you go.

 

From here on in it is excitement all the way as we move into the Komodo National Park.  Depending on the length of your trip we will now spend the central part of your dive experience here exploring the stunning dive sites the national park has to offer.

 

When we leave the park we will then start to make our way back to Bali. On the return journey (approx. 20 hours total, with a stop over in Sumbawa ) we can visit the diving areas of Sangeang, Moyo & Lombok before heading into Benoa.

 

How will we dive from the M/V Komodo Dancer?

TENDER DIVING IS THE RULE RATHER THAN THE EXCEPTION. We will offer up to three or four dives per day (weather & sea conditions permitting) from our two tenders with runs of approximately 5 - 10 minutes to each dive site.

 

The M/V Komodo Dancer features two fiberglass dive tenders 6 meters (18 ft.) in length for up to 8 guests on each, plus staff. Tenders will be boarded from the port side of the M/V Komodo Dancer via stairs from the Dive Deck. Our experienced crew will be available to assist with the boarding & disembarking process to & from the dive tenders. Generally guests get on board in full dive gear (except for fins & mask). Our expertly trained crew will hand down cameras & other peripheral equipment. Guests will then don fins on the short rides to the dive site. For those scuba divers who require special assistance, we will always conscientiously endeavor to provide it, of course, for your enhanced safety & comfort. Backward roll entry from the tender is normally the most convenient way to get into the water. To re-board the tenders, guests are asked to remove their gear in the water & hand it up our staff, then they will use the wooden ladder placed over the side. All tanks & gear will be returned to the Komodo Dancer by our crew for air or nitrox fills between dives.

 

Please be advised that due to frequently strong currents in some Indonesia live-aboard diving sites it is MANDATORY for each diver to carry an emergency SMB (safety sausage), Dive Alert (personal air horn), & mini-strobe light on all dives. If you do not bring these devices with you, they can be provided for daily or weekly rental while on board the M/V Komodo Dancer. A Mini-B (personal locator beacon) is also highly recommended. If you do not bring a Mini-B with you, one can be provided for your use while on board, however, quantities may be limited. If you do not possess any of the above safety equipment items, please notify our office prior to departure.

 

What kind of weather can I expect on a typical Indonesia diving vacation?

Indonesia's climate is definitely tropical. There is no autumn or winter & distinctive "dry" & "wet" seasons pretty well define the year. The East Monsoon, from June to September, brings dry weather while the West Monsoon, from December to March is moisture laden, bringing rain, with a temperature range from 22¼ C (71¼ F) to 29¼ C (84¼ F). The transitional period between these two seasons is interspersed by the occasional heavy rain shower, but even in the midst of the West Monsoon season, temperatures range from 23°C (73° F) to 33° C (90° F) except at higher altitudes which can be much cooler. Heaviest rainfalls are usually recorded in December & January & humidity is generally between 75% & 100%. But even in the rainy season it hardly ever rains all day.

 

 

BALI, INDONESIA AIR TEMPS (High / Low) + Average Rainfall (Rainfall Averages in Degrees Fahrenheit)

 

January

88 / 74°

19" of rainfall, on the average; peak of the monsoon season.

 

February

88 / 74°

14" of rainfall, on the average; the monsoon season wanes a bit.

 

March

88 / 74°

13" of rainfall, on the average; monsoon season still diminishing.

 

April

88 / 74°

7" of rainfall, on the average; beginning of the drier season.

 

May

88 / 73°

5" of rainfall, on the average; segueing into dry season, now.

 

June

87 / 71 °

3" of rainfall, on the average; yay, dry season here again – ta da!

 

July

87 / 70°

1" of rainfall, on the average; dry season in full swing, yessiree.

 

August

87 / 70°

1" of rainfall, on the average; dry season, oh joy!

 

September

89 / 71°

1" of rainfall, on the average; dry season, more wonderful weather.

 

October

90 / 73°

2" of rainfall, on the average; oops, dry season starting to wane.

 

November

90 / 75°

6" of rainfall, on the average; oh yeah, segueing into rainy season.

 

December

88 / 74°

14" of rainfall, on the average; heah come dat ol’ rain again !  ;)

 

 

What does my M/V Komodo Dancer package include?

All staterooms are air-conditioned & fitted with private heads & showers, sinks, & porthole views (except the Owner’s Suite which has window views). Breakfast cooked-to-order, buffet lunch & a fine plated meal at dinner are served daily in addition to fresh mid-morning & mid-afternoon snacks. Beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) are complimentary while on board. Bathrobes & some toiletries are available for your use on board. The M/V Komodo Dancer is equipped with hairdryers in each stateroom. Linens are changed mid-week & fresh towels are placed in each stateroom daily as needed. Guests have the opportunity to dive up to three or four times per day. Filled tanks, weights & weight belts are included.

 

For what additional expenses am I responsible?

No air transportation is included in the M/V Komodo Dancer package. Departure tax must be paid at the airport. Airport tax levied on passengers for international travel is Rp.100,000 (approx. USD $10) & must be paid in the local currency which is the Rupiah. Dive instruction, dive & photo equipment rentals & Boatique purchases must be settled on board prior to departure. The method of payment for these items may be in US dollars or Rupiah, Traveler's Checks or credit cards (MasterCard or Visa are accepted). NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED. No additional meals or beverages on shore are included, however, there are many quality affordable restaurants in or near the hotel. Crew Gratuities are not included.

 

How do I get to the Hotel from the airport?

Three one way transfers are included in the Komodo Dancer package. These are usually from the Airport to your hotel, from your hotel (usually the Raddin in Sanur) if hotel is located in the areas of Kuta (Tuban, Legian, Seminyak, Kerobokan), Denpasar, Sanur & Jimbaran, to the Komodo Dancer & then from the Komodo Dancer to the Denpasar Airport or a local hotel at the end of your charter. Any additional transfers will be charged locally. A transfer company has been hired to meet & greet our M/V Komodo Dancer guests. The representative will identify himself with a Komodo Dancer sign and/or sign with guest names. In the unlikely event that the transfer agent fails to connect with you, feel free to call Guido at 0811-399213 (this is how it is dialed locally in Bali ) or the 2nd number to call is Eli (pronounced Ellie) at 0812-3844-817. The physical address of the hotel is: Jl. Mertasari, P.O. Box 3476 Denpasar 80034 Bali , Indonesia.

 

How do I get to the M/V Komodo Dancer?

Transfer to the M/V Komodo Dancer from the hotel is scheduled for approx. 8:00 am. All guests should stand by in the hotel lobby at least 20 minutes prior to ensure a timely transfer. The M/V Komodo Dancer usually departs the dock at approx. 9:00 am depending on flights, baggage, sea & weather conditions. If you decide to use a taxi service for any reason, we highly recommend that you use only the blue taxis that are very reliable & a very good value.  Some of the El Cheapo taxi guys might take you on a bit of “tour” – if you know what we mean – so keep your eyes peeled, amigos del mar.

 

For guests making their own way to the Komodo Dancer, the boat is located near the public terminal of PELNI in Benoa Harbor . This is after the entrance of the harbor, the third street to the left (the first is Bounty, the second Bali Hai; do not take these streets folks, OK!) In front of the terminal building you will meet & greet with the Komodo Dancer crew. There is parking space available.

 

What do we do on the last day of the charter?

The M/V Komodo Dancer returns to port on the morning that you disembark the boat. For those guests with a late flight home, our crew will happily make arrangements for a day room at a local hotel or organize a day tour to give you time to off gas & enjoy the land sites that Bali has to offer. All tours are at additional charge, but are highly recommended if you can take some extra time to absorb & truly appreciate the subtle complexities of this gentle & delightful Indonesian culture. Guests who choose to extend their stay on Bali for a few nights will be transferred back to the local hotel of their choice if hotel is located in the areas of Sanur, Kuta, Tuban or Legian.

 

Is it customary to offer a gratuity to the crew?

Aboard the M/V Komodo Dancer gratuities are not included on any cruise.  Like Scarlett O’Hara, these superb professionals, a very hard-working & dedicated crew, “rely on the kindness of strangers” for a little extra boost in their livelihood, as do all excellent service-industry pros.  Please be kind & think of all they do when you make your freewill choice at cruise’s end. We prefer that our guests reward our crew based on performance. If the crew performs to your expectations, we suggest that a gratuity of approximately 10 - 12% of the published package price be considered normal aboard a liveaboard dive boat. Payment of gratuities is entirely at the discretion of the guest. It is the policy on Dancer Fleet sm vessels to pool any collected gratuities & divide these among the crew, since we believe no one crew member has the opportunity to give exceptional service without the assistance & support of all other crew members. Payment of gratuities can be by cash or credit card.

 

Will there be any opportunities to go ashore during this Indonesia liveaboard charter?

Komodo is famous for its 'dragon'.  Varanus komodoensis  is a huge, fast lizard locally called 'ora', the largest monitor lizard in the world. This sucker can really book, guys, so please do not monkey around with it.  Your guides will wisely insist that you give these Komodo Dragons a seriously wide berth, as they can be extremely dangerous when hungry, threatened or provoked.  You have the possibility to go on land & do a 2-hour walk on Komodo. Experienced park rangers will show the natural habitat of this fascinating predator. The trek usually starts around 7:30 am, the best time to find the dragon.

 

If I am traveling as a single will I have a roommate?

All rates are quoted on a share basis, therefore, unless you require a guaranteed single room & pay an additional 65% supplement, you will very likely be sharing your stateroom with one other guest of the same gender.

 

How do I get to Bali for my Indonesia live-aboard vacation?

M/V Komodo Dancer departs from & returns to Benoa Harbor near Denpasar. You will need to fly into Denpasar Airport. Commercial airlines with service to Bali, Indonesia include Continental Airlines, China Air, Singapore Air, Garuda Indonesia , among others.

 

What travel documents will I need?

All visitors traveling to Indonesia must be in possession of a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival & have proof of onward passage. This is an absolute must, sunseekers, do not space out on your passport; get it renewed if necessary.  Visas are not required for nationals of Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Liechtenstein, Luxemburg, Malaysia, Malta, Morocco, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, United Arab Emirites & Venezuela.  Clients from all other countries should check with the Indonesian Embassy for visa requirements.  DO NOT FORGET !!!

 

Do I need trip insurance for the KOMODO DANCER vacation?

One word:  yessirree !  Some more words … We strongly recommend that each guest purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage & trip cancellation & interruption insurance when space is reserved. Trip insurance will protect you from financial disappointment in the event that unforeseen circumstances prevent the vessel from making its scheduled trip. In an event where it is necessary to cancel or interrupt a charter due to weather or any matter beyond the control of Dancer Fleet, Inc., there will be no refund or credit issued. We also recommend diving accident insurance. Please inquire with our reservation office for assistance.

 

What formal paperwork will I need for my Indonesia diving vacation?

Please bring your certification card & log book(s) for verification of your dive training & experience. You will be required to complete & sign a standard release & waiver form prior to your arrival. Please remember that you alone are responsible for determining your medical & physical fitness to dive or to take part in any other activities during this trip.  PLEASE REMEMBER that ALL SCUBA DIVING ACTIVITIES ARE CONDUCTED at YOUR OWN RISK.  We take no responsibility with respect to your determination. If you have any questions concerning your medical or physical fitness to dive or take part in any such activities, please consult your personal physician.

 

How much should I pack for this Indonesia dive trip ?

Please plan to travel light, as on all liveaboards space is limited. We recommend that you pack your gear in soft luggage such as duffel bags for easy stowage & leave those large, rigid suitcases at home to add to your comfort in your cabin. For guests who plan an extended stay on land, it is advised to pack separately the gear you will require on board. M/V Komodo Dancer has storage facilities on shore for items you will not require on board or for large suitcases once you have removed the necessary items for your trip. Clothing should be lightweight, comfortable sportswear & bathing suits are a must. A light sweater or jacket is ideal for evening. Dress aboard M/V Komodo Dancer is always casual, however, it should be noted that in Indonesia, certain customs of dress should be respected, so please bring a sarong or other cover up to wear when on shore or in sight of shore.

 

Additional items you may want to bring are sunscreen, sunglasses, GOOD WALKING SHOES, A HAT OR VISOR & BUG SPRAY OR LOTION IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED FOR YOUR TIME ON SHORE. Hairdryers are provided in each cabin. You may wish to pack your regulator, dive computer, mask, bathing suit, & change of clothes & essential items in your carry-on bag. This will make it easier in the event your luggage is delayed. Please check with your airline as to what weight restrictions will apply to your carry-on & checked luggage.

 

What if I am prone to seasickness, on the Indonesia live-aboard?

Strong currents & winds may cause moderate movement of the vessel at times. If you have a tendency toward seasickness we strongly urge you to bring some sort of over-the-counter motion sickness medication or consult your doctor about prescription brands, such as the trans-dermal patch. Chewable ginger tablets or capsules of powdered ginger have also proved to be very effective. The M/V Komodo Dancer carries its own stock of anti motion sickness medication.

 

What if there is an emergency on board this Indonesia liveaboard?

The M/V Komodo Dancer crew is trained in first aid & diving accident management. The boat is equipped with a complete first aid kit & a high capacity oxygen system. It should be noted that the closest hyperbaric chamber is located on Bali (34 hours cruise from Komodo Island or a 2-hour flight by helicopter). Since emergency transportation & treatment cost is the responsibility of each guest, we strongly recommend that you obtain special insurance for divers such as DAN Accident Insurance or PADI Dive Accident Insurance

 

How can my family or business associates contact me in case of an emergency?

Your family may contact you in the case of a medical emergency by calling the emergency number (305-778-8004) after hours. The M/V Komodo Dancer is equipped with satellite communications (62-868-1170-0416), however, the cost of both incoming & outgoing calls is very expensive & guests will be charged on board for incoming & outgoing calls. Our local agent in Bali is Guido Brink & he can be contacted at 62-811-399213.

 

Are any specific immunizations required for my Indonesia diving vacation?

The Center for Disease Control in Atlanta instructs that there is no risk of Malaria in the main resorts area of Bali, Indonesia, only in the rural areas of some other Indonesian islands. You should consult your personal physician in reference to inoculations & preventative medication and/or the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta. Further information is available at the CDC website   (http://www.cdc.gov/travel/seasia.htm).

 

What kind of meals are prepared on this Indonesia diving boat?

Meals prepared by your on-board chef consist of both Asian & Western influenced cuisine. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise our US office as soon as possible so we can adequately prepare to meet your needs. Please understand that certain special dietary & beverage requests may not be available on a consistent basis in Bali, Indonesia due to the remote nature of this location.

 

What kinds of beverages, soft & alcoholic, are available on KOMODO DANCER?

M/V Komodo Dancer’s selection includes fruit juices, soft drinks, plenty of iced water, tea & coffee, & a limited selection of beer, wine & alcoholic beverages. Fresh milk may not be available, although UHT long life milk is provided on board. Herbal teas are not always available. We recommend that you purchase any special brands of alcoholic beverage that you may want to consume on board M/V Komodo Dancer at the Duty Free Shop at any airport. We encourage you to consume lots of non-alcoholic liquids during the week to avoid dehydration. If you have a favorite libation you cannot do without we suggest you purchase this at a Duty Free shop & bring it with you as our selection is sometimes limited by the nature of our location.

 

REMEMBER: Alcohol & diving DO NOT MIX. For your safety, we recommend that the consumption of any alcoholic beverage be delayed until your dive day is complete. FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS DRINK &  DIVE!

 

Is smoking permitted on this Indonesia liveaboard?

No cigarette, cigar or smoking of any kind is permitted on the M/V Komodo Dancer, except in the designated outdoor smoking area of the Lido Deck. Smoking is not permitted in any area where all guests must be assembled for any reason, for example, at dive briefings.

 

Is there any alternate entertainment available on board?

M/V Komodo Dancer has a multi-system TV/video unit for videotape & video camera playback, a compact disc player, & cassette deck. There is a slide projector & viewer on board. If you have a favorite movie, a slide show or a video to share, we encourage you to bring it along! You may also bring your own favorite music tapes, CD's, etc. A small library of books for exchange is maintained on board, as well as fish identification books for reference.

 

How can I pay for my sundry purchases on board this Indonesia diving vessel?

The M/V Komodo Dancer has a small on-board ãBoatiqueä which sells a selection of logo clothing, custom jewelry, sundries, diving accessories, film, batteries, logbooks, etc. A crewmember will gladly assist you with your purchases at any time during the week. The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah. The exchange is floating so you may want to research the rate at the time of your departure. The US Dollar is the only other currency accepted on board. ATM machines are conveniently located in the airport & around Bali & in most hotels. It is recommended that you exchange approx. US$100 to the local currency for tipping & departure tax. Traveler's Checks or credit cards (MasterCard or Visa) are accepted on board. NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.

 

In what time zone is Bali located?

The Indonesian archipelago is spread over three time zones. Central Indonesia Standard Time covers East & South Kalimantan, Sulawesi, Bali & Nusa Tenggara, & is 8 hours ahead of GMT.

 

What languages are spoken on board this Indonesia diving yacht?

There are about 583 languages & dialects spoken in the archipelago. Bahasa Indonesia is the national language which is akin to Malay, written in Roman script & based on European orthography. In all tourist destination areas English is the number one foreign language. Our crew will converse in English with the guests.  They do a great job & as sharp as tacks, no worries.

 

What electrical current is available on the KOMODO DANCER?

The electrical current on M/V Komodo Dancer is 220 volts. So guests may wish to bring a converter with them for the use of small appliances in your stateroom. There is a charging station in the Salon which offers access to 110V power. On all of Bali & Indonesia 220 volts is the standard.

 

Are my valuables safe on board KOMODO DANCER?

We recommend that you leave all your vulnerable valuables at home as they are not appropriate for an adventure cruise. Stateroom keys are available if you choose to use one, but there is no safety box.

 

Is the water on board this Indonesia live-aboard safe to drink?

All water on the M/V Komodo Dancer is a mixture of desalinated water & spring water from shore. Although the desalinated water is suitable for drinking, the mixture is not recommended for drinking; it works best for showers & brushing teeth, or cleaning gear, etc. No worries, Indonesia dive vacation sunseekers.  Bottled water will always be available in your stateroom upon arrival & you'll find a water dispenser in the lounge for re-filling the water bottles.

 

How can I celebrate a special occasion?

Our crew is always delighted to help you celebrate any special occasion on board including birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons or weddings. Kindly advise our US office at least 30 days prior to departure so that we can adequately prepare, to be on our toes better.

 

Can I earn advanced diving certification or specialties on board?

Several diving specialty courses are offered on the M/V Komodo Dancer, but it is necessary to give at least one month notice to Peter Hughes Diving, Inc in advance of your charter date to ensure that an instructor will have the time available & that all required paperwork is complete. VERY IMPORTANT: IF YOU INTEND TO RECEIVE DIVING INSTRUCTION ON BOARD, YOU MUST COMPLETE A MEDICAL STATEMENT IN ADVANCE & RETURN IT TO DANCER FLEET ®  PRIOR TO DEPARTURE. A doctor's note may be required if you answer yes to any of the questions on the medical statement. A list of available courses & prices is located on our website. Guest (Non-Crew) Instructors are permitted to give instruction on board if they are in current teaching status with their certifying agency & if they maintain underwater liability insurance. They must obtain a list of companies from Dancer Fleet  to be additionally insured on their Certificate of Insurance. Payment for instruction will only be accepted on board, not in advance.

 

Are Nitrox fills available?

The M/V Komodo Dancer is equipped with Enriched Air facilities. Nitrox fills of 32% are normally available to all CERTIFIED Nitrox divers. Nitrox certifications are also available on board to all certified divers. Our purpose in providing enriched air Nitrox for the use of our guests is to give those who are unfamiliar with this new technology an opportunity to become certified Nitrox divers & to give those already certified an enhanced safety factor in the face of extensive, repetitive dive profiles in remote regions of the world. Nitrox is not offered for extended range diving.

 

What specific scuba diving  equipment will I need to bring?

Equipment provided aboard the M/V Komodo Dancer includes tanks, weights & weight belts. The basic diving equipment required is a regulator, depth & pressure gauge, watch or bottom timer, buoyancy compensation device (BCD), mask, fins, snorkel & wetsuit. An SMB (inflatable signaling tube), DIVE ALERT (air horn), & MINI-STROBE ARE MANDATORY EQUIPMENT FOR EACH DIVER. We suggest that you bring your own, although the M/V Komodo Dancer does stock a limited supply available for daily or weekly rental. BE ADVISED THAT WE REQUIRE AT LEAST TWO LIGHT SOURCES FOR ALL NIGHT DIVES. We strongly recommend the use of chemical (Cyalume) light sticks. You may bring your own or purchase them on board. Additional recommended equipment: dive computer, dive light (with extra batteries or charging unit). Water temperatures can range from approx. 22° C (72° F) to 28° C (83° F), with this in mind a 3 mm or 5 mm wetsuit is recommended. Dive skins will not be sufficient for most divers.

 

Are dive gear & photo / video equipment available to rent on board?

M/V Komodo Dancer has a limited amount of diving equipment available for rent, so it is critical that you advise our US office staff in advance if you decide you want to rent gear. We offer ScubaPro BCD's with Dive Alerts & ScubaPro regulators. The Photo Shop offers Sea & Sea MX-10 cameras, Nikonos V bodies, SB-105 strobes, & lenses from 15 to 35 mm, macro tube close-up kits, as well as digital video cameras & housings. Photo opportunities are abundant. No matter what system you have, you will probably experience excellent results. Be sure to pack your photo equipment carefully in a durable carrying case & bring any unique spare parts & back-up equipment with you.

 

Can I fish or spearfish?

Nope.  Nope again.  Guests are prohibited from bringing game-taking equipment on board the M/V Komodo Dancer, such as Hawaiian slings, spear guns. Guests may remove nothing from the sea.  Ever.  Period.  It is against the law to take anything from The Komodo National Park.

 

Could I ever be refused service?

M/V Komodo Dancer, its owners & employees reserve the right to refuse service to any guest whose behavior is determined by the Captain to be a danger to the safe operation of the vessel (such as causing a fire hazard by smoking in prohibited areas). Divers who exhibit objectionable personal conduct, drug use or lack of sufficient diving skills can be refused air fills or put ashore at the Captain's discretion.

 

What other important information should I know?

Controlled substances & illegal drugs are strictly prohibited aboard M/V Komodo Dancer. Penalties for the sale, use or possession of controlled substances in Indonesia are SEVERE & M/V Komodo Dancer, Meridian Worldwide, Ltd., PT Ombak Putih, its officers, agents or staff can accept NO responsibility for any person(s) encountering difficulties with local authorities due to that person(s) involvement with the sale, use or possession of such substances. M/V Komodo Dancer's crew subscribe to the ZERO TOLERANCE policy of the US Coast Guard.

 

Prior to any diving from the M/V Komodo Dancer, you will be required to provide us with acceptable evidence of your diving certification & your level of experience. You will also be required to execute a legally binding release of M/V Komodo Dancer, Meridian Worldwide, Ltd., Dancer Fleet, their officers, directors, employees & agents from any claims, causes of action, damages or liabilities which may arise from or in connection with your diving activities & to acknowledge that you understand the risks attendant with diving & to personally assume all such risks.

 

While we provide dive briefings prior to dives & limit our diving to no-decompression sport diving, each diver is responsible for his or her individual profile consistent with the standards & limitations of his or her certifying organization.

 

Special note to our esteemed clients, from Peter Hughes, Dancer Fleet Founder:

PLEASE respect the environment & dive safely. The crew of M/V Komodo Dancer, Dancer Fleet,  encourage PERFECT BUOYANCY skills & basic ecological concepts in order to minimize any detrimental effects of divers & scuba diving within the reef system. We also offer & strongly encourage awareness-oriented courses such as Reef Ecology & Zen Diving.

 

Please remember you are a guest in a foreign land. You need to respect the local population & adapt to their customs & culture rather than expecting them to adapt to yours.

 

 

FACTS about the BALI REGION & those celebrated KOMODO DRAGON LIZARDS

 

It is hoped that on every cruise at some point we will be able to go ashore at Komodo Island itself & be able to observe this fabled animal in the flesh. Please find below an article that answers many people questions about the Komodo Dragon.

 

This next Komodo Dragon Text has been adapted by the Dancer Fleet from a "Scientific American" article by renowned author & scientific / cultural observor Mr. Claudio Cioffi.

 

The Komodo Dragon, as befits any creature evoking a mythological beast, has many names. It is also the Komodo monitor, being a member of the monitor lizard family. Varanidae, which today has but one genus, Varanus. Residents of the island of Komodo may call it ora. Among some on Komodo & the islands of Rinca & Flores, it is “buaga darat” (land crocodile), a name that is descriptive but inaccurate, monitors are not crocodilians. Others call it “biawak raksasa” (giant monitor) which is quite correct; it ranks as the largest of the monitor lizards, a necessary logical consequence of its standing as the biggest lizard of any kind now living on earth. Within the scientific community, the dragon is Varanus komodoensis. & most everyone calls it simply the Komodo.

 

The first question usually asked about Komodo Dragons is, how big do they get? A robust mature, male Komodo, is about 2.5 meters long & weights 45 kilograms. The largest verified specimen reached a length of 3.13 meters & was purported to weigh 166 kilograms. More typical weights for the largest wild dragons are about 70 kilograms; captives are often overfed & overweight. Although the Komodo can run briefly at speeds up to 20 kmh, its hunting strategy is based on stealth & power. It spends hours lying motionless, waiting to pounce on a deer, board, goat or anything edible passing by – including hapless humans.   ;)

 

Monitors can see objects as far away as 300 meters, so vision does play a role in hunting, though their eyes are better at picking up movement than at discerning stationary objects. Their retinas possess only cones, so they may be able to distinguish color but have poor vision in dim light.

 

Despite a mention in the first scientific paper reporting its existence that dragons appeared to be deaf, later research revealed this belief to be false - the animal does hear, but in a restricted range, probably between about 400 & 2,000 hertz. (Humans hear frequencies between 20 & 20,000 hertz.) This limitation stems from varanids having but a single bond, the stapes, for transferring vibrations from the tympanic membrane to the cochlea, the structure responsible for sound perception in the inner ear. Mammals have two other bones working with the stapes to amplify sound & transmit vibrations accurately. In addition, the varanid cochlea, though the most advanced among lizards, contains far fewer receptor cells than the mammalian version. The result is an animal that is insentient to such sounds as a low-pitched voice or a high-pitched scream.

 

Vision & hearing are useful, but the Komodo Dragon's sense of smell is its primarily food detector. Its long, yellow forked tongue samples the air, after which the two tongue tips retreat to the roof of the mouth, where they make contact with the Jacobson’s organs. These chemical analyzers “smell” by recognizing airborne molecules. The concentration present on the left tongue tip is higher than that sampled from the right, telling the Komodo that prey is to be found on the left. This system, along with an undulatory walk where the head swings from side to side, helps the dragon sense the direction of odoriferous carrion from as far away as four kilometers, when the wind is right.

 

The Komodo makes its presence known when it is about one meter from its intended victim. The quick movement of its feet sound like a “muffled machine gun,” according to Walter Auffenberg, who has contributed more to our knowledge of Komodo than any other researcher. Auffenberg, a herpetologist at the University of Florida lived in the field for almost a year starting in 1969 & returned for briefer periods in 1971 & 1973. He summed up the bold, bloody & resolute nature of the Komodo assault by saying, “When these animals decide to attack, there’s nothing that can stop them.” That is, while nothing can stop them from their attempt, most predator attacks are unsuccessful. The difficulties in observing large predators in dense vegetation turn some quantitative records into best estimates. It is informative that one Komodo followed by Auffenberg for 81 days has only two verified kills, with no evidence of the number of unsuccessful attempts.

 

When a Komodo ambushes its prey, it attacks the feet first, knocking the animal off balance. When dealing with smaller prey, it may lunge straight for the neck. The basic strategy is simple: try & smash the quarry to the ground & tear it to pieces. Strong muscles driving powerful claws accomplish some of this, but the Komodo Dragon's teeth are its most dangerous weapon. They are large, curved & serrated, & tear flesh with the efficiency of a plough parting soil.

 

Its tooth serrations harbor bits of meat from the Komodo Dragon's last meal, either fresh prey or carrion. This protein-rich residue supports large numbers of bacteria. In the saliva researchers have found some 50 different bacterial strains, at least seven of which are highly septic. If the prey somehow maneuvers away & escapes, chances are that its victory will be short-lived. Infections resulting from the Komodo bite will probably kill it within one week; its attacker, or more likely other Komodo Dragons, will then consume the corpse. The Komodo bite is not deadly to another Komodo, however. Dragons wounded in battle appear to be unaffected by these otherwise deadly bacteria.

 

The muscles of the Komodo Dragon's jaws & throat allow it to swallow huge chunks of meat with astonishing rapidity: Auffenberg once observed a female who weighted no more than 50 kilograms consume a 31 kilogram boar in 17 minutes. Several moveable joints, such as the intramandibular hinge that opens the lower jaw unusually wide, help in the bolting. The stomach expands easily, enabling an adult to consume up to 80 percent of its own body weight in a single meal, which most likely explains some exaggerated claims for immense weights in captured individuals.

 

Large mammalian carnivores, such as lions, tend to leave 25 to 30 percent of their kill unconsumed, declining to eat the intestines, hide, skeleton & hooves. Komodo Dragons eat much more efficiently, forsaking only about 12 percent of the prey. They eat bones, hooves & swaths of hide. They also eat intestines, but only after swinging them vigorously to scatter their contents. This behavior removes feces from the meal. Because large Komodo Dragons cannibalize young ones, the latter often roll in fecal material, thereby assuming a scent that their bigger brethren are programmed to avoid consuming.

 

Although males tend to grow larger & bulkier than females, no obvious morphological differences mark the sexes. One subtle clue does exist: a slight difference in the arrangement of scales just in front of the cloaca, the cavity housing the genitalia in both sexes. While sexing Komodo Dragons remains a challenge to researchers, the dragons themselves appear to have little trouble figuring ;out who is who. With a group assembled around carrion, the opportunity for courtship arrives.

 

Most mating occurs between May & August. Dominant males can become embroiled in ritual combat in their quest for females. Using their tails for support, they wrestle in upright postures, grabbing each other with their forelegs as they attempt to throw the opponent to the ground. Blood is usually drawn, & the loser either runs or remains prone & motionless.

 

The victorious wrestler initiates courtship by flicking his tongue on a female’s snout & then over her body. The temple & fold between the torso & the rear leg are favorite spots. Stimulation is both tactile & chemical, through skin gland secretions. Before copulation can occur, the males must evert a pair of hemipenes located within his cloaca, at the base of the tail. The male then crawls on the back of his partner & inserts one of the two hemipenes, depending on his position relative to the female’s tail, into her cloaca.

 

The females Komodo will lay her eggs in September. The delay in laying may serve to help the clutch avoid the brutally hot months of the dry season. In addition, unfertilized eggs may have a second chance with a subsequent mating. The female lays in depressions dug on hill slopes or within the pilfered nests of megapode birds. These chicken-size land dwellers make heaps of earth mixed with twigs that may reach a meter in height & three meters across. While the eggs are incubating, females may lie on the nests, protecting their future offspring. No evidence exists, however, for parental care of newly hatched Komodo Dragons.

 

The hatchlings weight less than 100 grams & average only 40 centimeters in length. Their early years are precarious, & they often fall victim to predators, including their fellow Komodo Dragons. They feed on a diverse diet of insects, small lizards, snakes & birds. Should they live five years, they can weight 25 kilograms & stretch two meters. long. By this time, they have moved on to bigger prey, such as rodents, monkeys, goats, wild boars & the most popular Komodo food, deer. Slow growth continues throughout their lives, which may last more than 30 years. Komodo Dragons, as members of the class Reptilia, do have a relationship with dinosaurs, but they are not descended from them as is commonly believed. Rather Komodo Dragons & dinosaurs share a common ancestor. Both monitor lizards & dinosaurs belong to the sub-class Diapsida, or “two-arched reptiles,” characterized by the presence of two openings in the temporal region of the skull. The earliest fossils from this group date back to the late Carboniferous period, some 300 million years ago.

 

Two distinct lineages arose from those early representatives. One is Archosauria, which included dinosaurs. The ancestor of monitor lizards, in contrast, stemmed from primitive Lepidosauria at the end of the Paleozoic era, about 250 million years ago. Whereas some dinosaurs evolved upright stances, the monitor lineage retained a sprawling posture & developed powerful forelimbs for locomotion. During the Cretaceous, & starting 100 millions years ago, species related to present day varanids appeared in central Asia. Some of these were large marine lizards that vanished with the dinosaurs, about 65 million years ago. Others were terrestrial forms, up to three meters in length, that preyed on smaller animals & probably raided dinosaur nests. About 50 million year ago, during the Eocene, these species dispersed throughout Europe & south Asia & even into North America. Through comparisons of DNA sequences & chromosomal structure of varanid species & related families, researchers have concluded that the genus originated between 40 & 25 million years ago in Asia.

 

Varanids reached Australia by about 15 million years ago, thanks to a collision between the Australian landmass & southeast Asia. Numerous small varanid species, known as pygmy monitors, quickly colonized Australia, filling multiple ecological niches. More than two million years after a second lineage differentiated & spread throughout Australasia & the Indonesian archipelago, which was at the time far closer to Australia than it is today, because much of the continental shelf was above water. V. komodoensis is a member of that lineage, having differentiated from it about four million years ago. The Indo-Australian varanids could take advantage of their unique fauna environment. Islands simply have fewer resources than large landmasses. Because reptilian predators can survive on much lower energy requirements than mammals can, a reptile will have the advantage in the race for top predator status, under similar conditions.

 

In such a setting reptiles can also evolve to huge size, an advantage for hunting. A varanid called Megalania prisca, extinct for around 25, 000 years, may have reached a length of six meters & a weight of 600 kilograms; the late extinction date means that humans may have encountered this monster. Komodo Dragons adopted a more moderate gigantism. Reasons for the Komodo Dragon's current restricted home range - the smallest of any large predator - are the subject of debate & study. Various researchers subscribe to alternative routes that the dragons’ ancestors may have taken to their present locale of Komodo, Flores, Rinca, Gili Motang & Gili Dasami.

 

Komodo has a different paleogeography from its neighbors. According to world-wide sea-level changes over the past 80,000 years & bathymetric data of the study area, Flores & Rinca were joined ;until 10,000 years ago. Gili Motang was connected several times to their combined landmass. Komodo was long isolated but appears to have joined its eastern neighbors about 20,000 years ago, during the last glacial maximum. That association may have lasted 4,000 years. Tantalizing fossil evidence supports the notion that today’s Komodo populations are relics of a larger distributions that once reached Timor, to the east of Flores. Fossils of two identical forms of a now extinct pygmy elephant, Stegodon, about 1.5 meters at the shoulder, on both Timor & Flores suggest that those two islands might have been sufficiently close in the Pleistocene to allow migration.

 

The limited resources of an island could have driven the evolution of the pygmy elephants, because smaller individuals, with lower food requirements, would have been selected for. In contrast, today’s Komodo dragon may have evolved from a less bulky ancestor; the availability of the relatively small elephants as prey may have been a driving force in the selection of largeness that resulted in the modern three-meter Komodo. (A large reptile still needs far less food than a mammal of similar size.) Auffenberg suggests that the Komodo could once “have been a highly specialized pygmy stegodont predator,’ although prey species similar to modern deer & boars may also have been present before the arrival of modern humans within the past 40,000 years.

 

The West was unaware of the Komodo until 1910, when Lieutenant van Steyn Hensbroek of the Dutch colonial administration heard local stories about a “land crocodile.” Members of a Dutch pearling fleet also told him yarns about creatures six or even seven meters long. Van Hensbroek eventually found & killed a Komodo measuring a more realistic 2.1 meters & sent a photograph & the skin to Peter A. Ouwens, director of the Zoological Museum & Botanical Gardens at Bogor, Java.

 

Ouwens recruited a collector, who killed two Komodo Dragons, supposedly measuring 3.1 & 2.35 meters, & captured two young, each just under one ;meter. One examination of these specimens, Ouwens realized that the Komodo was in fact a monitor lizard. In the 1912 paper in which Ouwens introduced the Komodo to the rest of the world, he wrote simply that van Hensbroek “had received information . . . [that] on the island of Komodo occurred a Varanus species of an unusual size.” Ouwens ended the paper by suggesting the creature be given the name “V komodoensis.”  Understanding the Komodo to be both rare & magnificent, local rules & the Dutch colonial government instituted protection plans as early as 1915. After World War I a Berlin Zoological Museum expedition roused worldwide interest in the animal. In 1926 W. Douglas Burden of the American Museum of Natural History undertook a well-equipped outing to Komodo, capturing two dragons & describing anatomical features based on examinations of some 70 individuals. More & 15 expeditions followed Burden’s, but it was Auffenberg who performed the most comprehensive field study, looking at everything from behavior & diet to demographics & the botanical features of their territory. Auffenberg determined that the Komodo is, in fact, rare. Recent estimates suggest that fewer than 3,500 dragons live within the boundaries of Komodo National Park.

 

VOLCANOES in INDONESIA: the pearls on a “RING of FIRE” !

As a major part of the Ring of Fire, Indonesia is a very active geological area with volcanoes from one end of the country to the other. They play an integral part in the way of life for millions of Indonesians, especially in Java, Bali, Sulawesi & many of the eastern islands. Some volcanoes are, naturally more active than others, particularly on Java, where regular volcanic activity has created incredibly fertile soils which can support up to three crops a year.

 

Volcanoes are also worshipped as being the home of the gods & places of intense magic. Gunung Agung in Bali, Rinjani in Lombok & Bromo in East Java are all given annual offerings to appease angry spirits. The mighty Mount Merapi in Central Java, however, is probably the country's most famous volcano after Krakatau, both of which frequently spew hot ash & molten lava over mere mortals below.

 

Mt. Agung - Bali:

Location: 8.34S, 115.5E

Elevation: 3142 m

 

The Balinese believe that Mount Agung is the birthplace of the God Siwa & therefore represents eternal holiness. But as well as spiritual significance, the mountain, which at 3142m above sea level is the island’s highest peak, also harbors astounding natural beauty. According to Arie Basuki, to stand on its summit is to become aware of nature’s metaphysical nuances

 

Mount Agung is believed to the middle link in a chain of three volcanoes that includes Java’s highest peak, the 3676m-high Mount Semeru to Bali’s west, & Lombok’s 3726m-high Mount Rinjani to its east. According to myth, Siwa made the mountains to ensure the stability of Nusantara (the Indonesian archipelago) by slicing three peaks from the Himalayas, & deposited them in Java, Bali & Lombok respectively. For this reason, all religious ceremonies held at Mount Agung’s Besakih temple make use of holy water deriving from both Mount Semeru & Mount Rinjani.

 

Balinese believe Mount Agung to be the place where the great god Siwa resides. The Siwa-ist orientation of their religion is clearly reflected in the fact that the mother temple of Balinese Hinduism, Pura Besakih, is located on the slopes of Mount Agung. According to I Ketut Wiana, a Balinese Hindu intellectual, the erection of the temple on Mount Agung was meant to appease Siwa, & to protect the local population against volcanic eruptions.

 

ERUPTIONS of MAJOR VOLCANOES in INDONESIA

Over the past 2000 years, Mount Agung has erupted four times, at least according to documented history. The first eruption, known as Rudhira Bumi, took place in the 11th Saka year (of the Hindu Calendar), or 89 A.D. The second eruption, referred to as Gni Budhara, took place in the 13th year of the Hindu calendar, or 92 A.D. This was the mountain’s most momentous eruption yet. An earthquake occurred as a result & it rained heavily non-stop for two months. It was on the occasion of this second eruption that Hyang Putra Jaya, an incarnation of Siwa, descended to the Earth to reside on the summit of Mount Agung. The third eruption occurred in the 70th year of the Hindu calendar, or 148 A.D. After this eruption, a spring emerged on the slopes of Gunung Agung, & the water from this spring began to be used as one of the main ceremonial elements for religious rites at Pura Besakih. The fourth eruption, known as Wak Sasih Wak, took place in the 111th year of the Hindu calendar, or 189 A.D. The last time Mount Agung erupted was in the 1885th year of the Hindu calendar, or 1963 A.D. In this most recent eruption, Pura Besakih was razed to the ground & 1500 people were consumed by lava flows.

 

Mount Agung plays a central role in the spiritual life of the Balinese. All Balinese temples & shrines face the mountain, & the biggest & most important religious rituals are conducted there. Among these, the Panca Wali Krama, which is held every ten years, the Eka Dasa Rudra, which is held every hundred years, and, according to one traditional Balinese text known as the Lontar Dang Dang Bong Bunyal, there is even one ritual, the Maligya Merbhu Bhumi, which is only held every thousand years. In fact, just recently, in March 1999, the ten-year Panca Wali Krama was conducted at Pura Besakih. All of these rites are aimed at ensuring the well-being of all earthly beings, & include various live sacrifices to Siwa.

 

Eruptions of Agung: 1963-64, 1843, 1821, 1808

Mt. Rinjani - Lombok:

Location: 0.0S, 000.0E

Elevation: 3,726 m)

 

Famed for its great beauty & eerie isolation, Gunung Rinjani (3,726 m) Is the third-highest volcano mountain in Indonesia, towering over every corner of Lombok. Shrouded in clouds throughout the afternoon, the best time to catch an unimpeded view of Gunung Rinjani is the calm early morning hours.

 

The enormous crater of this semi-active volcano is about four km across at its widest, nearly filled with the bright emerald-green water of Lake Segara Anak. The lake lies nearly one km below the crater rim. Virtually this whole mountain complex, its steep slopes covered in dense forests, has been declared a National Reserve.

 

Puncak Rinjani is the highest & steepest point on the edge of its caldera. While the crescent-shaped Lake Segara Anak within the caldera lies at height of just over 2000 meters. About three km at its widest, its depth is 230 meters. Plentiful fish inhabit its waters & waterfowl can be seen.

 

The volcanic peak inside the caldera is considered quite young, Gunung Barujari (2,375 m) which is sat at the edge of the lake, rose only during the last century or two.  There are buffalo, barking deer, wild pig, long-tailed macaques, civets & other wildlife & ducks frequent Lake Segara Anak with the tropical vegetation. The mountain is sacred to both the Balinese & the Muslim Sasak on Lombok make a twice-yearly pilgrimage to the top to throw ritual rice & goldfish into the lake, a Hindu offering to the goddess of the mountain. The Sasak may tramp up the mountain several times a year, especially during the full moon.

 

 

Eruptions of Rinjani: 1994, 1966, 1965, 1953, 1949-50, 1944-45, 1941?, 1915, 1909, 1906, 1901, 1900, 1884, 1847

 

Mt. Tambora - Sumbawa:

Location: 8.3S, 118.0E

Elevation: 9,348 feet (2,850 meters)

 

Tambora is a strato-volcano, forming the Sanggar peninsula of Sumbawa Island. The diameter of the volcano at sea-level is about 38 miles (60 km). Prior to the 1815 eruption, the volcano may have been as tall as 13,000 feet (4,000 meters). The 1815 eruption formed a caldera about 4 miles (6 km) in diameter. The caldera is 3,640 feet (1,110 meters) deep.

 

The 1815 eruption of Tambora was the largest eruption in historic time. About 150 cubic kilometers of ash were erupted (about 150 times more than the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens). Ash fell as far as 800 miles (1,300 km) from the volcano. In central Java & Kalimantan, 550 miles (900 km) from the eruption, one centimeter of ash fell. The Volcanic Explosivity of the eruption was 7. The eruption column reached a height of about 28 miles (44 km). The collapse of the eruption column produced numerous pyroclastic flows. As these hot pyroclastic flows reached the ocean where they caused additional explosions. During these explosions, most of the fine-fraction of the ash was removed. The eruption formed a caldera. An estimated 92,000 people were killed by the eruption. About 10,000 direct deaths were caused by bomb impacts, tephra fall, & pyroclastic flows. An estimated 82,000 were killed indirectly by the eruption by starvation, disease, & hunger.

 

The 1815 eruption of Tambora caused the "Year without a Summer."  Daily minimum temperatures were abnormally low in the northern hemisphere from late spring to early autumn. Famine was widespread because of crop failures.

 

Eruptions of Tambora: 1967, 1880, 1812-15

 

Mt. Sangeang Api:

Location: 8.18 S, 119.05 E

Elevation: 1,949 meters

Picture: Sangeang Api from the space shuttle. Northern Sumbawa appears on the right.

 

Sangeang Api volcano, one of the most active in the Lesser Sunda Islands, forms a small 13-km-wide island off the NE coast of Sumbawa Island. Two large volcanic cones, 1,949-m-high Doro Api & 1,795-m-high Doro Mantoi, were constructed in the center & on the eastern rim, respectively, of an older, largely obscured caldera. Flank vents occur on the south side of Doro Mantoi & near the northern coast. Intermittent historical eruptions have been recorded since 1512, most of them during in the 20th century.

 

Eruptions of Sangeang Api: 1985-88, 1966, 1964-65, 1958, 1957, 1956, 1955, 1954, 1954, 1953, 1927, 1912, 1911, 1860, 1821, 1715, 1512.

 

UBUD is the CULTURAL NERVE CENTER of BALI & a COOL PLACE to VISIT.

 

There are two interesting museums, numerous galleries with art for sale & there are a number of artists’ homes which you can visit to view their work. The Monkey Forest is also in Ubud. Next to Ubud, you can go to Celuk (the silver & goldsmithing centre of Bali ), Mas (woodcarving, particularly mask carving) Batuan (painting centre) & Batubulan (stone carving).

 

If guests wish to spend extra days before or after Komodo in Ubud, we can book the Pita Maha Resort which is USD $285 per night, per room, tax included with no high season surcharge or we can book the Komeneka Resort for USD $151 per night, tax included, the two high seasons, the rate would be USD $200 per night per room. Cancellation policy for Komeneka Resort: Cancellations during the regular season must be at least 2 weeks before arrival date with no penalties. Inside of 14 days, there is no refund as the hotel has already been paid. During the two high seasons, cancellations must be made outside of 30 days in order to receive refund.

 

Transfers from Airport or Raddin Sanur to Ubud or return per person: 1 person costs USD $27, for 2 to 3 persons the cost is USD $18 & for 4 to 6 persons the cost is USD $15. The ride is approximately 1 hour from the airport. Transfers from Benoa Harbor to Ubud is approx. 45 min. Guests can make these arrangements while on the Komodo Dancer & the rates will be in approximately the same.

 


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