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Dive Review of Peter Hughes/Paradise Dancer in

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Bennett, CA, US (1 report)
Report Number 3960
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
See remarks below
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
We received the following message from Peter Hughes on March 19 regarding
our anticipated trip on Paradise Dancer on April 6th:

"I am writing to you today to inform you that there is the possibility
that our new vessel the M/V Paradise Dancer may not be fully completed by
the time your scheduled voyage departs.
    Just as we have been experiencing unprecedented weather patterns here
in the USA, (ie: the tornadoes in downtown Atlanta this past weekend) the
weather Gods in Indonesia have apparently decided not to favor us as well. 
The weather in Kalimantan (Borneo) where the keel was laid and the hull
built was flooded so severely that the vessel was 2 months late in its
launch date and subsequent scheduled arrival in Bali for completion.  (You
saw the pictures in a recent DivEmail newsletter.)
    Since arriving in Bali on Christmas Eve, we have been working around
the clock to prepare her.  Had the weather cooperated, we could have made
up this lost time.  Unfortunately, Peter and Guido (our local partner) must
not have made the proper offering to the weather Gods, since Bali too has
had extremely unusual weather which has hampered the catch-up efforts.
   As you all know, safety is our #1 priority.  We also want to be sure you
travel on a tested and comfortable vessel.  During sea trials we test,
retest, and test one more time  all systems on board.  Only then are
passengers invited on board.  At this point in time we are not 100% sure if
Paradise Dancer will have completed all of her required sea trials by the
time our first two charters occur.  The timing is simply that tight.
    We know that this is a significant trip for all of you, and we do not
want to disappoint you.  As such, our local partners have taken out an
insurance policy.  The vessel Sea Safaris 9 has been chartered for the
duration of these first two voyages.  If for any reason, the Paradise
Dancer can not be utilized, your cruise will still occur as scheduled on
this alternate vessel."

As of March 26th it still appears the boat won't be ready.  Since we
learned of the boat through Undercurrents we thought you might be

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