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Dive Review of Peter Hughes in
Galapagos Islands

October, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Elaine Byland, MI, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 317

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Reporter
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]Tobago, Roatan (Honduras), Cayman Brac, Curacao, Cozumel, St.
Croix, Costa Rica, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, Lake Michigan, Michigan inland
lakes, Gilboa 

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
72   to 74    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
6
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]Dove own profile for the most part.  Check out dive was
mandatory  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
1 or 2 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
[None]We cannot wait to go back! This was my first live-aboard experience. 
We saw more on one dive in the Galapagos than in a week at any other place
I have dove.  6-5-4, 7mm or dry suit a must.  Watch for ElNino years as
this effects the shark, manta and whale shark sightings.  72 to 74 degress
water temperatures were the norm with a couple of dives up to 78 due to
ElNino.  

We did not see the hundreds of schooling hammerheads, but we saw them on
many of the dives in schools of 6 or so and many singles.  Many sightings
of Galapagos sharks, blacktip and whitetip reef sharks, marbles rays,
diamond stingrays, so many turtles you could not count them all and eagle
rays.  We saw water spout from whales at a distance, many pods of dolphins,
snorkeled with penquins and dove with sealions on many of the dives.  A
couple of mantas were seen, but not by me.

This is not a beginner dive trip.  Currents on some dives were so strong
that we had to go hand over hand on the volcanic rock walls.  Make sure you
bring extra gloves and safety devices (alert, sausage etc.)

The whale sharks eluded our group on this trip.  Even though I really
wanted a whale shark and manta encounter it was still the best diving and
best overall trip I have ever taken.  

The Peter Hughes crew was friendly and helpful.   We had one of the master
staterooms.  Go that way if you can afford the extra cost. We celebrated a
birthday, Halloween, a 100th dive, my 200th dive and the crossing of the
Equator.  We dove 3 to 5 times a day depending on the site and land tour
schedule.  Each day we experienced a once in a lifetime event.

We also spent a few days in the rain forest on the Napo River.  If you are
into birds don't miss this. 
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