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

Peter Hughes -- Paradise Dancer/Peter Hughes Paradise Dancer, Oct, 2010,

by David McDougall, CA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 5807.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving French Polynesia, Kenya, Setchelles, Many Caribbean destinations, Costa Rica, Belize, Scotlnad
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions There were no "enforced" diving restrictions
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat had an excellent Camera room with compressed air available via a SCUBA tank. There were lots of slots available for camera setup with 110v at each station and 240 available if required using a step up converter.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The boat is by far the best we have ever been diving from and the crew were very helpful, courteous, friendly and knowledgeable. The rooms were spacious and well laid out with ample space to store clothing etc.
Food was excellent, abundant and the chef catered for vegetarians very well. The dive groups were split into two tenders and dive sites were never more than a few minutes away. The dive guides on our tender Yan and Acho were skilled at finding the hard to find critters and were very helpful with identifying things we saw after the dive. The diving itself was generally drift diving around the various small rock outcroppings, sea mounts and small islands. The currents were for the most part gentle, but there were the occasional faster currents that required you to be a little more careful. The coral on the reefs/walls seemed to be in pretty good condition especially in the protected areas. The smaller reef fish were abundant but there was a noticeable absence of larger fish, particularly sharks. You may have noticed in the info included with this report that the number of sharks was listed as "lots" and although this was factual it doesn't really represent the types of sharks. There were many bottom dwellers such as Wobbegongs and Epaulette sharks, but there was a distinct lack of the larger reef or pelagic sharks.
The after dive shoulder and back massage was an excellent addition to the days diving.
Overall, if you love nice walls with lots of coral and small and unusual reef fish/critters, this is an excellent choice. However if you are looking for more excitement with lots of pelagics perhaps somewhere else would be better suited.
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