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

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Warren Sprung, TX, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6454
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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

Water Temp
63   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
Camera gear and photographers are treated like royalty (so is everyone
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
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

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.


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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