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Dive Review of Paradise Dancer in

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by John Singer, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4159
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Palau, Komodo Dancer, Solomon Islands, Hawaii, Cozumel, Tasmania,
Tahiti, Nuku Hiva
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dives were generally no deeper than 90 meters.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
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):
4 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
This was, I believe, the second dive cruise for the Paradise Dancer. It is
a brand new big and beautiful boat. Cabins are roomy as are all of the
facilities on board. My cabin and the one next-door leaked water from above
deck. This, I hope, has probably been fixed by now. The quality of the so
called "cuisine" was just dreadful and the food (especially the
dinners) was terrible! Several divers and one crew member became very ill
with severe abdominal pain, vomiting, the runs, and fever. So, the food was
cooked poorly (mostly overdone tasteless meats) and proper sanitation was
lacking. The captain and many of the crew were smokers and used the ocean
as their personal ashtray. I complained about this to Gary (the man in
charge of things) and he tried to put a stop to this but was unsuccessful.
Now, to me, all of the above is annoying but not that important. What is is
that the diving was below average in quality and this was a huge
disappointment. To have spent all that money and gone all that way to dive
at sites with all kinds of trash in them and a rather lacking population of
fish as well was a terrible let-down and waste. Also, at many sites, the
condition of the corals was very poor. I believe dynamite has been used at
several sites though I'm not sure of this. So, if you are looking for
pristine and "great" diving, this is NOT the itinerary, and I
believe this area was mis-represented to me by several people. 
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