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Dive Review of Peter Hughes/Paradise Dancer in
Indonesia/North Sulawesi

Peter Hughes/Paradise Dancer, Aug, 2009,

by Janna Poll, co, usa ( 2 reports). Report 5013.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Chuuk, Galapagos, British Columbia, Hawaii-multi-islands, Fiji, Honduras, Saba, St. Maartin, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Grand Turk, Florida, California channels, multiple Mexico locales, Puerto Rico
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 60 mins, watch careless finning to preserve viz in muck
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales 1 or 2
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 Separate and well-equipped camera room. Separate and guarded rinse tub. Crew hand carried to and from tenders to avoid mishaps, and carefully handed to diver after entry. Flatscreen in salon for viewing.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments We went because the ship is so new and beautiful. Nothing out there compares to her sophistication and the sheer size of the suites and private bathrooms. The ship is extremely stable and only open water and high winds gets a easy rocking. Fascinating to be on a all-wooden boat with it's character and creaks. More drawers than we could use - now that's novel on a liveaboard! Great food with a non-ending supply of fresh fruits and veges, lots of asian influence without being overwhelming. Obviously a good deal of fish for the buffet lunches. Sit-down and plated dinners. Wendy runs a well organized ship without an iron fist, but with thoughtful additions of messages, monogrammed towels for each suite so there are no misplacements, very knowledgable staff on all critters. No bugs, but be careful of the strong sun.

As for the best part - muck diving. We were a little nervous about 10 days of muck diving and are now totally converted. There are actually a good % of reef dives/wall dives as well. New divers with uncontrolled gestures and fins shouldn't dive this itinerary. Most of us got great shots of all the small critters, including star gazers, tons of colorful nudis, many frog fish, many varieties of scorpion fish, many cuttle fish, lots of octupus, hundreds of lion fish, too much variety to mention all, but have to add the great shot of mating mandarin fish as a real treat!
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