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Dive Review of Dive Encounters (Peter Hughes new op)/Galapagos Sky in
Galapagos Islands

Dive Encounters (Peter Hughes new op)/Galapagos Sky, Jan, 2012,

by Warren Sprung, TX, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6454.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Worldwide. This was our 2nd dive trip to Galapagos, the 1st in 2001.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm
Water Temp 63 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Very liberal. We were even allowed to have a beer or glass of wine with lunch if we wished; that is they treated us like adults.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals N/A Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera gear and photographers are treated like royalty (so is everyone else)...

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Peter Hughes is back and better than ever! This is our 15th live aboard and although they've all been great but one (in Cayman),and a lot of previous trips with Peter's crews in the past, he is back with the best operation ever!

The crew was fantastic--we all became caring family within hours of meeting--the same can be said for the boat, meals, diving, equipment handling, nitrox fills (they were included in the price as was alcohol.

The group of divers (16 of us) became close friends during the week. The group was 2 Americans (us), 2 Italians, 4 French, 2 Brits, and 6 from Singapore. A more friendly group we have never encountered.

This is the ONLY liveaboard where the captain (Victor) was totally involved with his crew and all the divers...he and his folks were always there to help us on/off the Zodiacs, on/off with wetsuits, water before every dive....simply put: THE BEST EVER on deck and below the surface.

There was only one cold dive site (63F); the rest were 75-80F...AND we saw our 2nd GREEN FLASH at sunset aboard this honey of a boat!

The currents were not much at all. This is a good time of year to go.

DO IT!

P.S. My tank strap broke on the 1st dive of the trip--the captain scrambled and got me a replacement from the rental pool within 15 minutes of my getting back on the boat... The last day at sea the crew (including the captain) washed all our gear and laid it out to dry. The great service never ended.

P.S. I would be terrible if I didn't mention Ali Seymour who arranged all this for Peter...she truly rocks!

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