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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Wind Dancer in

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Donna , Fl, US (1 report)
Report Number 4534
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Australia, Galapagos, Bahamas, South Florida, Roatan, Utila
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
There was always a guide in the water, time was the biggeset enforcement.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
Wind Dancer Trip Report/Grenada and the Grenadines Nov.1 thru the 8th


Not an easy thing, at least with Air Jamaica. Going down took 9 hours, from
Ft Lauderdale then to Kingston Jamaica, sit for 5 hours, then to Barbados
then to Grenada. Changes were made in the itinerary at the last minute by
Air Jamaica. Now however, American Airlines goes from Miami to Grenada in
3.5 hours.

We overnighted in Grenada at True Blue Resort. Nice place, mediocre food.
The next day we were not on the boat till 5PM so decided to go into town
for lunch. What a trip that was!! We took the local bus, hold onto your
seat!! Had lunch at Nutmeg (yummy shrimp Roti) and then back to True Blue
to await pick up.
The crew from the Wind Dancer picked us up at 5PM sharp.


Wind Dancer was in dry dock in August so we were expecting an almost brand
new ship. Not so much..the carpets were new, bedding new, outdoor
furniture new. I guess they put the majority of money into the more
important things, like engines, drive train, etc.
This was our first time in a cabin w/out a porthole. We did not like the
cabin, it was like a cave and smelled bad too. Lucky for us, we did not
spend much time in it as we were too busy diving.

There were 4 guests on the boat, yes 4! Tom n I and a couple from Montana.
We also had a working guest, the executive chef Walter. It was fun to
learn that all the guests including Walter had been out diving with the
Miss Conduct and Capt Conrad here in Pompano Beach. It really is a small
world after all.


Easy to write about the diving, one wordWOW! I loved it. Diving is
advertised as drift diving. We found especially in our AM dives the waters
calm, the currents easy or none at all. The reefs were lush, full of fish
life. We did dives in Grenada, Isle De Rhonde, Isle a Quatre off Bequia (my
favorite) and Tabago Cays . One favorite dive in Bequia was a little
fishing boat that had sunk after hitting a sand bar in the 60s, the HMS
Purini. I have never seen lobster bigger then those living there. It was a
very fun dive. On another day we were scheduled to do 2 AM dives and said
to the DM, how about we dive this one till we all run out of air. Fine by
me he said. We were in the water for 1 hour 50 minutes! That was a great
Offered were 2 night dives, none of us wanted to do them. We all did the 4
daytime dives and were pretty tuckered out by dinner. 21 dives in all.

We all dove Nitrox, 32% at all times and tanks were filled to 3600 +/-.
$150.00 for the week. All diving was done on tenders, very comfortable,
easy off (back roll) and on stable ladder. All gear remained on the
tenders, tanks filled from whips.

Back on the boat, there were always tasty snacks, hot dive deck showers and
warm fluffy towels. And a back rub too!


Another easy one to write about. WOW!! Chef Ryan is an almost 30 young man
from Grenada. You either have the gift of cooking or you do not. Chef Ryan
has more talent then people twice his age. Food could be called Casual
Gourmet. Ever meal started fresh warm bread , then  a yummy hot soup,
followed by salad, hot entrée and a great dessert. Wonderful wines
were served with dinner or the drink of your choice. With out question,
this was the best food I have had on a liveaboard or resort anywhere. We
learned that they are taking a new interest in vegetarian foods.


The crew consisted of Capt Simon, Hostess Andrina (both from England) DM
CNN (Simon said of CNN he is my right hand man and sometimes my left as
well) Instructor Larry, new on the boat from an 8 year stint with Bill
Tewes of Dive St.Vincent.
Stewardess Aasha, a true card shark. Frankie was the night watch man and as
usual with the night watch men, you see him only once in a while. There was
also Mark the engineer and as with the night watchman, we saw him only
occasionally too. The crew went above and beyond to make our trip great.
I had an equipment failure (my Zeagle octo) and CNN had me fixed with a
lender set up before the next dive.


As usual with the last night on a liveaboard you go ashore for dinner. We
are not sure this is such a great idea after all. Normally they go to True
Blue Resort, but as we all had been there and knew what to expect we
decided to go into town. Very expensive trip. Taxis, normally charge for
the ride, in Grenada they charge by the person. So 1 or 10, it is $20.00 EC
per head. What a rip.. 

I do not take pictures but will say this is the first time I wished I did,
there were so many things to see. One dive we saw a huge octopus eating a
crab out of the shell. Then there was the sea horse I found, what a beauty.
Goldentail morays, chain morays, yellow headed jawfish, lettuce sea slugs
and all the usual suspects. One reef, Purple Rain I nicknamed Coral Carpet
as the corals were carpeting the reef, so beautiful. Then there were the
soft corals, almost all had a fair share of Flamingo Tongue.

Before the crew took us ashore so Wind Dancer Island employee Danny could
take us to the airport, we were all handed survival bags of bottled water,
2 cookies and slices of Chef Ryans banana bread!!

I would not hesitate to recommend this trip to anyone. Hopefully I can get
back there again.
We both think that this trip was beyond our expectations.
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