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Dive Review of Peter Hughes/Sky Dancer in
Galapagos Islands

July, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Lee Fenner, OH, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 4223
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Kauai, Roatan, Florida (Keys & Destin), Kona, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, currents  
Water Temp
73   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the leader and group, but can ascend early as buddy team for pickup
without affecting rest of group. No deco.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 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  
Boat had dedicated rinse tank and charging table. Also large table for
storing camera prior to dives. On pangas, crew handed camera to you after
boarding and after back entry, if profile permitted. When strong currents
present, important to descend immediately.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
5 stars    
My wife and I were on the Peter Hughes Sky Dancer, 29 Jun - 6 Jul. Diving
was awesome - exciting and challenging (20 dives - 6 each at Wolf and
Darwin) and water temp was warmer than expected (80-81, except for Gordon
Rocks which was 73-75). We saw a school of 10-15 Mantas at North Seymour,
whale sharks on 4 of 6 dives at Darwin and large hammerhead schools at
Wolf. Night dives are done at Wolf Anchorage and James Bay, Santiago
(red-lipped batfish). Four land excursions: James Bay, Santiago; Bartolmeo;
Charles Darwin Research Station; and Visitor Center on San Cristobal.

We went through Quito giving ourselves an extra night before the cruise in
case of any problems. I would now recommend Guayaquil: nicer airport; saves
a stop on the flight to and from the Galapagos, and back home; and less
security hassle. It seemed Quito security wasn't up to Delta standards. So
on the flight home which stops at Guayaquil, continuing passengers had to
get off the plane with all their carry-on and go through scanner, metal
detectors, and have each bag hand searched before reboarding. This got us
into Atlanta over an hour late.

Sky Dancer is a great boat and crew was terrific. Food and cabins
outstanding. Only minor item was their weights were unmarked lead. They had
a scale but it couldn't be zeroed out. The check-out dive was for
weighting, but it was still a challenge. It seems better to be heavy since
you need to go immediately down at Wolf and Darwin. If you have integrated
weights, I would recommend taking an extra pouch or two. To get back on the
panga (dive boat), you take your weights out of the BCD so the driver can
have an easier time hauling it on board. When the seas are up and you're
hanging on the rope with one hand, it is easy to lose your grip on the
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