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Dive Review of Peter Hughes/Paradise Dancer in
Indonesia/Raja Ampats

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Curt Andrus, TX, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 4555
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Indo, Baja, various Caribbean, Fiji, Palau, Costa Rica, Seychelles
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally allowed to dive to your certification level  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
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
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
I am not an U/W photographer, but the camera facilities in the front of the
boat, adjacent to the dive deck seemed adequate. A rinse tank for camera
gear was separate from the general gear rinse tank. Cameras were taken
to/from the dive tenders by the crew. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
This is the newest boat in the Peter Hughes fleet. As such, it had some
'new boat' kinks to work out, but nothing that appeared to compromise the
safety of the vessel or its passengers. Also, this is their first season in
Raja Ampats, so they are learning some of the intricacies of the dive sites
and working their way from island to island. Over the course of our 11-day
charter, we only missed one dive due to weather.  

Overall the variety and concentration of corals and fish life was
excellent. Dive conditions were easy and they did a good job of checking
currents and alerting us to conditions.  Briefings were thorough. Dive
guides were there to lead the dive but it was not mandatory to follow them.
1 or 2 guides were with each group on every dive.  The boat accommodated 18
divers and all diving was done from 2 tenders. Although they switched tanks
and assembled gear for you, remember it is your responsibility to check
your gear before you get in the water. 

Cabins were spacious, with a simple desk, wardrobe, storage shelves and a
complete bathroom with enclosed shower. By far, the largest room I've had
on a liveaboard.  

Breakfasts were made to order and served after the first morning dive.
Lunch was buffet - after dive #2, afternoon snacks were after dive #3, and
dinner was sit-down - after the night dive. All drinks were included.      
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