Any Tropic Dancer, Palau reviews??

Discussion in 'Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands' started by JRRKAR, Mar 15, 2010.

  1. JRRKAR

    JRRKAR Divemaster

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    I'm trying to find anyone that has gone on the Tropic Dancer in Palau. I know this is a new location for this boat but I was curious for any recent experiences. I am planning a liveaboard there next year and wanted to review a few different options.

    Thanks.

    Jeff
     
  2. ewaiea

    ewaiea Barracuda

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    This particular vessel doesn't begin operations until June 2010 - at least that's my understanding. This vessel used to be the Fiji Aggressor III, it's going through changes I'm sure. They'll probably paint it blue and white, give the crew new uniforms, and whatever else they have to do. I'm planning on hitting Palau in January 2011, not sure yet whether I'll do the Palau Aggressor II or the Tropic Dancer.
     
  3. Strongdiver

    Strongdiver Angel Fish

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    There's a Facebook entry by a California group that dove her on the inaugural charter June 20th, but no details about the boat -- other than gag awards for her crew. I have 5 friends from Italy who have a "hold" reservation for November, so I am researching for them. Heard anything more??
     
  4. JRRKAR

    JRRKAR Divemaster

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    I still have not found any information from them. Hopefully someone will reply.
     
  5. Strongdiver

    Strongdiver Angel Fish

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    I advised my Italian friends to proceed with the booking. They had a reservation for the last week of the introductory rate. I am banking on the reputation of the Peter Hughes fleet. Having been on 8 liveaboard trips (some for 10 days) - Maldives, Palau, Truk (Chuuk), Indonesia -- I am well aware of the importance of experience of the crew for dive sites and guiding as well as comforts of the boat (big catamaran looks spacious) and the congeniality of the divers themselves:cool2:.
     
  6. cal776

    cal776 Angel Fish

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    Trying to decide between the Tropic Dancer and the Palau Aggressor II for a trip to Palau later this year. There is plenty of information on Scubaboard about the latter, but precious little about the former (at least since it relocated from Fiji). Any reason to choose one over the other?
     
  7. donnyb

    donnyb Barracuda

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    Both the Aggressor & the Dancer in Palau are operated by the same franchisee.
    I would expect they will be very similar if not identical in every way.

    I have been on the Palau Aggressor (2010)& am booked for the Dancer trip in late March/early April 2011. If there are any glaring differences in my trip I will post, but I do not expect it will be so.

    When I was on the Aggressor in 2010, the Dancer was docked next to us and was getting its refurbish. My understanding was the crews would be trained on both boats.
     
  8. Scoober

    Scoober Scuba Instructor

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    I will be on the Dancer in about a week. I am taking a small group (8 of us total), and we have the whole vessel. Should have plenty of room! Anyway, I worked in Palau as a diver for a couple of years (Neco Marine--big fan), and know many of the folks involved. As someone mentioned, same owner, same on-site managers, same guides, interchangeable crew, etc. I am expecting the same product as the Aggressor, only on a freshly re-fitted boat. If this turns out NOT to be the case, I will post. Hundres of dives in Palau in all seasons, and I still can't wait to get back to those reefs and wrecks!
     
  9. Strongdiver

    Strongdiver Angel Fish

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    I am looking forward to your opinions.
     
  10. diverem

    diverem Garibaldi

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    Jeff-
    I was on the Tropic Dancer back in November. Please see my exhaustive review of the experience by clicking on my only other post. It appears, at least from the Dancer website, that the captain and first mate have been replaced with a far more experienced staff since I was there in November. I hope you have a positive experience. Palau is beautiful and the reefs were stunning. I only objected to how this particular boat was run. Cheers, Emily
     
  11. Scoober

    Scoober Scuba Instructor

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    Just spent a week on the Tropic Dancer, and everything went well. The Cap and Mate (literally and in terms of rank) are fresh in from Belize and did a fine job, but I was happy to have Ike as engineer and lead dive guide. Ike has been boating and diving Palau for nearly 25 years and he understands the currents and other conditions better than any other diver or driver I have dealt with in Palau. We also had a well qualified chef--the food was mainly excellent, although more than a week would have tired me out on a repetetive flavor profile based on butter and bacon. It would have been great to have some Asian nights, eg, Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese. Especially with all of the fish around. All in all a great trip, and we had no hitches and glitches--except that the sat system was down and we had no email access on-board. Another thing: We had a particularly nice tender which was rented or borrowed from Neco Marine. Loved it! Not sure what the "usual" tender is like, but I hear that it is known as the "Ugly Duckling". And another thing: We had only 9 guests, all in one group, and the Dancer is outfitted for 18. This was really great! Obviously, a full boat would be a different deal altogether. Finally, I have never been on an "American" liveaboard before, and there was at times a sense of a bit too much official process. Sort of PADI-like. Such as no night dive on Friday, because the crew needed to sell viddies and fotos of our trip. Anyway, great trip, and I can recommend the Dancer.
     
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  12. backpacking diver

    backpacking diver Angel Fish

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    We just spent a week on the Dancer and it was the worst diving experience of my life-- I don't want to go on at length here (please see my trip report in this forum) but there were issues with safety as well as just lousy diving for the most part from dive supervisors who didn't seem to know or want to know where to put in/what to see. More info at my longer post! Hopefully it will help someone not make the same mistake I did.
     

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