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

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by sharon dickinson, KY, US (2 reports)
Report Number 5879
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
micronesia, indonesia, tahiti, fiji, hawaii, caribbean, galapagos, east and
west coast usa, thailand, etc, etc
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
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
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
large, dry interior with plenty of charging stations, drying towels, and
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 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    
This is a special report to praise the better-than-outstanding service of
Wendy, Claire, and the entire crew of the Paradise Dancer. 

first, Raja Ampat is a trip location not to be missed on the bucket-list of
dive destinations. Although it does not get the 'crazy-critters' rating of
Lembeh Straits, it definitely offers color, unique fish sightings, and more
pygmy seahorses and wobbegongs than you can imagine. The red anemone, the
epaulet sharks, the wonderpus' and the cuttlefish are amazing. Lots of
nudis, many gorgeous sitings. 

The Paradise Dancer is not like every other live-aboard. She is a gorgeous
yacht fit for a queen. Three masts, under full sail, she is spectacular.
Cabins are spacious, and I didn't even have a melt-down that I had a
room-mate because we had plenty of room. The captains suite is like a
boutique hotel - posh, modern, artsy-cool, but still, its a boat! wow. The
entire boat is sleek, modern, and wonderful.

The best part is the service. Is it possible to get tired of a massage
after every dive? I don't think so! Fantastic, relaxed, and very elegant.
After night dives we had special hot-cocoa with Baileys and secret
ingredients that warmed us through. Food was excellent. 

And, Captain Wendy has reset the bar for being professional, experienced,
yet comes across as easy-going while being efficient,intelligent and on
task. A sea-loving joy as a person, someone everyone would love to
befriend. She is extremely experienced at sea and in Indonesia.  

While just a few days into my Raja Ampat adventure, I received a call from
the satallite phone that my father had passed away. We were in the middle
of no-where, four days into our journey. Through calm and rational thinking
by Wendy, her crew,she used her contacts, the well-trained staff of Peter
Hughes,and her crew Wendy was able to coordinate my return with little to
no interference to the remaining guests, no disruption to disappoint any
divers, and safely and efficiently arrange my transport back to Sarong and
on to the USA. I have encountered on-boat tragic or emergency situations
before, but never before have I experienced such well coordinated and safe
efforts with low impact, low drama, and such professionalism. It is for
these occasions I feel it is important to dive with someone with as much
experience and professionalism - its the behind the scenes stuff we never
see that we are really greatful for. Instead of diving on a budget, you
know your money is going towards your safety and comfort. I am so impressed
- if only our country could be run with such efficiency and confidence!

Anyway, I will be repeating this trip sometime soon - maybe taking the same
incredible boat and crew to North Sulawesi.

Please purchase trip insurance! I got most of my trip package cost back,
but not the airfare. Worth the money if there is a problem.  
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