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

Peter Hughes -- Paradise Dancer, Nov, 2010,

by Peter Pinkerton, NY, US ( 2 reports). Report 5826.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 35 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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