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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Sky Dancer in
Galapagos Islands

Peter Hughes Sky Dancer, Jan, 2005,

by Preston A. Ball, GA, USA ( 2 reports). Report 1819.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Florida, Bonaire, Belize, Cozumel, Dominica, Caymans, NC coast, Roatan, Truk
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 73 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 7
Water Visibility 48 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No animal molestation
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 4 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 Good camera table, isolated and dry. Plenty of room. Could have used a few more electrical outlets, but those provided were sufficient.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments A tremendous operation/destination; one place you should experience at least once during your lifetime. Definately not for beginners; cold water, strong currents, thick wetsuits/heavy weighting/bouyancy concerns, and dinghy diving make the overall diving challenging but definately worth the payoff. Large schools of dense fish, playful sea lions, interesting volcanic topography, manta rays, stingrays, turtles, and of course sharks - Galapagos, hammerheads, silkies - all plentiful. Sensory overload. Peter Hughes operation is top-notch; excellent service and accomodations. Land excursions with animal interactions interesting and guided. Overall, trip pricey but worth every cent.
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