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Dive Review of Peter Hughes -- Paradise Dancer in
Indonesia/Raja Ampat

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Peter Pinkerton, NY, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5826
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Worldwide, many live aboards and land based experiences
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
35   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth was given during the briefing. Our group generally stayed within the
guidelines, so there was no need to "enforce". Dives were 60
minutes max, a few went longer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Great camera room and dedicated fresh water rinse tank. No photo pro. If
you are a macro photographer this is the place to go!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
This was our first time in Indonesia. The Paradise Dancer far exceeded our
expectations, and we cannot think of any negatives. Beautiful boat, great
accommodations with a LOT of storage in the cabins, and dedicated space
both inside and out for lazing about and eating. Great crew who all worked
well together, good food (although fish heavy), attention to every detail
including food preferences of the guests. Staff responded quickly to issues
with equipment. The back and neck massage after every dive is a special
bonus. Beautiful hard and soft corals and schooling fish. Visibility is not
great. Did 1 day of muck diving which was really interesting, but you have
to love the little critters. Travelling from upstate New York was arduous.
Dancer rep saved the day as we had plane issues in Sorong. Our flight was
cancelled, they hand write tickets, and few people speak English. The rep
stayed with us and made sure we were re booked and that our luggage was
also on it's way. We could not have navigated the Sorong airport alone.
This trip was expensive, but worth it.
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