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

October, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by David McDougall, CA, US
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5807
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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

Water Temp
81   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
There were no "enforced" diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
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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