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Dive Review of Peter Hughes in
Maldives

Peter Hughes, Apr, 2007,

by Lynn Hudak, San Diego, United States (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 4009.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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