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Dive Review of Peter Hughes in
Maldives

April, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Lynn Hudak, San Diego, United States
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Report Number 4009
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Tuamotu area of French Polynesia, Fiji, Honduras
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
Squadrons 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
1 stars
Food
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
1 stars    
Comments  
I realized after just returning from a great diving experience that I
should have written about our terrible experience to save people from going
through it.  Last spring we spent a week on the Peter Hughes liveaboard in
the Maldives.  I booked the trip based on the reputation of the company. 
What a mistake.  The boat had by far the largest cockroaches I have ever
seen.  They intended to serve us poorly desalinated drinking water instead
of fresh, which after many complaints was replaced with bottled water.  The
first water was undrinkable.  The diesel smell in our quarters was
nauseating.  And this was not the worst part of the trip.  The dive
operation was.   There was one young and inexperienced (in terms of
managing people) divemaster.  The captain of the boat dove with us
sometimes but he was along for the dive, not helping to manage it.  Our
fellow divers were careless and routinely bragged about coming up with no
air left even in their pony tanks.  The divemaster did nothing to manage
this and her approach created unnecessarily dangerous diving conditions. 
The  currents often were ripping and we were put in DOWNCURRENT of where we
needed to be, routinely, necessitating dragging yourself along the bottom
to try to get near the site and frequently being swept off the reef
altogether.  I reported all this to our dive travel agent when we returned
home and he spoke to someone from the Peter Hughes company but no one ever
contacted us to discuss our complaints.  I would strongly discourage anyone
from taking this trip with this operator.
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