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

August, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Janna Poll, co, usa (2 reports)
Report Number 5013
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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

sunny, windy  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
60 mins, watch careless finning to preserve viz in muck  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
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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