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Dive Review of Peter Hughes in
Galapagos Islands/Ecuador

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Russ Lido, mi, usa (3 reports)
Report Number 566

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Reporter
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahams,Bonaire,Cozumel,Florida&Flodida
Keys,Caymens,Hawaii,Micronesia,Turks&Caicos

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
61   to 77    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
7
Water Visibility
10   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Rec dive limits and 1hr per tank  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Large Camera table and electrical outlets for chargeind 110-220v
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
1 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was our 4th live aboard with Perter Hughes.We flew into Quito,Ecurador
and were put up at a nice hotel for the night.We were told not to venture
to far from the hotel because Quito has a crime problem.The next morning we
flew to the San Cristobal,Galapagos on AeroGal airlines.Despite all the
baggage fears ,we weren't charged any extra for excess weight.I would
recomend trying to fly that airline instead of Tame airlines.We travled 565
miles on the Sky Dancer.Its a fine boat but book the upper deck cabins
because the water conditions can get rough.The Cabins are more money but
well worth it.We cruised the Galapagos Islasnds and saw lots of sea
lions,penguins,scooling hammerhead sharks,turtles,stingrays and over 20
whale shark.There is so much sea life you can get sensory overload,but
don't expect to find magnigicent coral.Darwin and Wolf Islands are some of
the best diving I have ever done.Best times are June thru Nov if you want
to see the whale sharks.I would go June, July again because the water at
Darwin and Wolf is warmer(77).The other islands it was 61-69.The diving can
be challenging and may not be good for beginners. We also did three land
tours and 2 snorkel trips,which were also very good .The crew did a great
job of taking care of the divers.They even helped you get your wetsuit off
and they rinsed and hung it up for you.The food was worst part.They cook a
local menu and was not up to Peter Hughes standards we used to from other
live aboards.Galapagos were a true adventure of a lifetime.
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