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Dive Review of Peter Hughes/Sky Dancer in
Galapagos Islands/Central & Northern Islands

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Dave Hayden, Kent, UK
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Report Number 4102
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Sipidan, Australia, Zanzibar, Cyprus
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
10   to 20    Meters  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
See part 1 report  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
See part 1 of report
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
The instruction to prepare for the dive came over the loudspeaker and I
could sense a mix of excitement and apprehension as we all made our way to
the dive deck.  One or two of my colleagues had struggled with their
buoyancy in the central islands and were a little nervous at the obvious
change in conditions.  We received our call to board the pangas, which was
going to be more risky than before.  The panga driver controlled the boat
with expert precision as it dropped and raised with the swells, sometimes
bumping against the Sky Dancer.  Timing and balance were key here but the
crew were there to help you aboard.  As we motored to the dive site,
Landslide, trying to don fins whilst being tossed around the waves proved
a little difficult for some, although always good fun.  We were given the
signal and simultaneously backrolled in and plummeted head first, straight
down to the viewing ledge where we were to wait for the action.

As I descended to the viewing ledge at around 18 meters, my eyes spotted a
couple of dolphins whose clicks and whistles you could hear all around.  As
I settled into position on the platform, my new Kevlar gloves holding tight
onto the barnacle covered rock, I soon noticed the fish life here was
vastly different to that of before.  There were clouds of different fish,
large numbers of Jacks hovering in the current.  There were travellys, and
mackerel darting into the schools of smaller fish.  The tropical fish here
would circle around your hands and face.  Numerous turtles would pass you
by sometimes two at a time and close enough to touch (which is strictly
prohibited).  White tips were common, but much bigger than Id ever seen
before.  Then the dive guides bell rang, grabbing our attention as
hammerheads made a pass, one, two then half a dozen.  Then a Galapagos
Shark swam past us.  When the action seemed to slow a little, the guide
moved away from the ledge encouraging us to follow.  The visibility was
around 10-15meters, so I double checked with my buddy and we moved off into
the blue together.  We drifted in the fair current looking for the big
stuff.  We saw eagle rays, 2 and 3 at a time, turtles and lots of other
great stuff like Wahoo and a school of yellow fin tuna.  Then the bell rang
and a school of 40/50 hammerheads was in front of us.  On our ascent we
could hear the dolphins, and sure enough they were soon all around us as we
waited on our safety stop.  As my buddy and I bobbled in the swells we just
laughed.  Neither of us had ever experienced a dive like that before. 
Everyone aboard the panga felt the same.  It was truly a fantastic

As we returned to the Sky Dancer, the sun now high in the sky, one or two
amongst the jubilant gang appeared a little jaded.  The water was rough and
especially those that had not taken medication were starting to feel a
little queasy.  Those people had just 45 minutes to get their stomachs
under control before the next dive.  That time was spent by the rest of us
comparing photos, videos and stories of the previous dive.  All of our
dives at Wolf were similar.  Sometimes there would be more hammerheads than
before, a couple of times we estimated there to be around hundred in a
single school. Other times there would be more dolphins.  On our last dive
at wolf we saw 2 Manta Rays as we waited on our safety stop.  One buddy
pair even saw a small Tiger Shark.  It was certainly excellent diving, the
best most of us had ever experienced despite the visibility.  That was
until we visited Darwin Island.
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