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Dive Review of Peter Hughes in
Galapagos Islands

Peter Hughes, Oct, 2002,

by Elaine Byland, MI, USA . Report 317.

Reporter and Travel

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
Closest Airport Getting There

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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