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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Diving/Galapagos Sky in
Galapagos Islands

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Hal Shanis, PA, US
Reviewer   (4 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6068
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Mostly in the Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
I was promised a rental but this was not welcoming.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
2 stars   
4 stars    
This trip was one headache after another. The three of us found out on our
own that Peter Hughes (PH) had sold the company. With a lot of effort, we
got a refund and went with PHs Galapagos Sky, rather than his previous
company. We reserved almost a year in advance. With two weeks to go we
still had not heard about our promised hotel reservation, even though we
reminded them at least five times. A couple of times she apologized and
promised once again to take care of it. For the entire last two weeks
before our departure date we could not get in contact with anyone by email
or telephone, despite leaving many messages. Since we had to make our own
hotel reservations, we feared that they would not be able to contact us
about our airline reservations. In the brochure it said that they were
supposed to leave information about the local airline arrangement at our
hotel. The airlines had no record of us. We decided not to go, two days
before our departure date. Then we finally heard from the saleswoman. She
assured us that everything was fine. So we decided to go, only to hear the
next day that the boat would not be available. The day before we were
supposed to leave they said that they would refund our money or give us an
alternative week. They said that the boat was in dry dock for routine
maintenance and had been delayed because they were working on another boat.
 We went the following week. We received some financial compensation for
the airline rescheduling. However, we were not given the rooms that we had
booked a year in advance. The boat felt like it was still in dry dock.
Throughout the week, they painted the boat while we were on the deck. The
refrigerator was turned on a day after we arrived. So it was a while before
they could use it. I was stung by a wasp. The staff couldnt have cared
less. There was no ice available to apply to the sting. They never informed
anyone of boats safety rules and procedures. Most important, the
compressor did not work. They had to use the back up mini compressor.
They had promise free Nitrox, but they had none. While using the back up,
they filled up the tanks with the intake right next to the exhaust of the
boat. We had to demand that they empty the tanks and fill them again. It
wasnt that difficult to move the compressor or run a hose. It was just
thoughtlessness. For many incidents throughout the trip I am very thankful
for the very experienced other divers on the boat who caught some very
dangerous mistakes by the boat staff.  None of the staff followed up about
anything. They were not accommodating. The good news was that we had a
terrific international group of highly experienced, intelligent,
considerate and interesting divers on the boat. The dive masters did not
talk to anyone let allow tell us anything about the wildlife. To me this is
the worst offense on a dive trip, especially in the Galapagos. The dive
master pointed out one seahorse. It was more than a language problem. They
also had no personality. The dives sites were poor planned. The first day
our only contact with the water was a check out dive with no visibility.
This was totally a non event that frustrated everyone. We repeated several
of the same dive sites for no understandable reason. The staff was evasive
and untruthful about the plans of our dives. Fortunately, the divers were
very demanding, which had some effect on the captain of the boat. The food
was actually pretty good.  
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