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

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Kathy Granger, AZ, USA
Reviewer   (4 reports)
Report Number 5276
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Tahiti, Belize,Komodo,Bali,PNG,Galapagos,Channel Islands,San Carlos, Puerta
Vallarta, Honduras,Grenada,Fiji,North Sulawesi,Malaysia,Thailand,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, currents, no currents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 minute time limit  
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
5 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  
Great camera room! Great charging area for cameras and lights as well!
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    
4 stars   
5 stars    
The Paradise Dancer is a magnificent ship that you have to visit to
appreciate how wonderful it is ! Our room, the Master and Commander suite,
was spectacular and I would definitely spend the extra money to have it, if
you are considering this boat! Awesome views, jetted tub, bean bag, large
lounging couch and table , beautiful teak wood appointments and art, a long
row of picture windows, gorgeous shower and vanity area, etc. Every morning
and every evening I would take pictures of the sunrises and sunsets from
our windows! We relaxed in our lovely suite after each and every dive and
were gently rocked to sleep in our huge bed every night! Wow!

One of the best parts about the trip for me was the crew! You fall in love
with these guys! They are so wonderful and they treat you so well tending
to your every need sometimes even before you know that you need it.
Hendrick is an amazing chief steward that was so much fun to be around and
knew all of your likes and dislikes immediately! His assistant Augus was so
sweet and helpful by the end of the trip you want to take him home with
you. What can I say about the dive staff, especially Wendy! She is one of
the best "chief of operations" on any of our dive trips ever.
Hands down!  Her love of diving is contagious! She is so much fun to dive
with and she is excellent at pointing things out and making sure everyone
sees "it!" She is always upbeat and happy and very funny! Yan and
Acho have keen eyes and Yan even found a rare frog fish with eggs on a
night dive. What a treat that was! Diving is made so easy! The crew sets
everything up and takes excellent care of all of your equipment the whole
time you are on board. They were marvelous on the tenders.
Slamet, Andika, Wasis, Ketut, Aan and all of the  others go out of the way
to help you with everything! When you come  back from the dives they are
all there to greet you and cheer your return. Then you are treated to
relaxing massages with heated towels after each and every dive! After the
night dive you are treated to all of this and also Hendrick's

The food was tasty and wonderful and I have no complaints in that area at
all. Boy were we spoiled.

The diving in Raja is spectacular to say the least! Thousands and thousands
of fish on a lot of the dives! Wobegongs,epaulet sharks, nudis,mantas, huge
groups of swirling bumpheads,napoleans,jacks and tunas etc. everywhere.  It
just boggles your mind! Gorgeous reefs with beautiful corals and amazing
cut outs! Great muck dives with cool critters and baby wobegongs! Frog
fish, cuttlefish, pipe fish, pgymy sea horses,octopus,
mangroves,gobies,blennies,crabs,shrimps,and lobsters everywhere, etc.etc.
On a couple of dives the fish were so thick you could not see ! I have only
touched on the surface of what you will see on this dive trip to Raja. 
Couple this with beautiful topside islands and a simply gorgeous sailing
ship and we truly were in PARADISE!!! Go and go soon!
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