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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Diving in

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff and Nicole Robertson, GA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta, Ixtapa/Zihuatenjo, Utila, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy, currents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110' depth - 60-Minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Staff on Tropic Dancer take great care with everyone's camera/video
equipment - rinse tanks, recharging stations, and advice if asked -
including best lens to take on dive, what sites to stage shots, etc.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
1 stars   
5 stars    
Planned this dive trip to Palau for 18 months with another dive couple. 
Trip was long (22 hours of flight time from Atlanta, Ga), but the diving
was incredible.  We broke up the flight by staying in Honolulu overnight -
recommend this highly!  The Peter Hughes' Tropic Dancer boat was spacious,
food was awesome, service top notch, and the dive operations world class. 
Great in-depth briefings on every dive with graphics, rode twin engine
skiff to dive sites from mother boat.  We dove the infamous Blue Corner,
Uulong Channel, West Wall, German Channel, Turtle Cove, Blue Holes, New
Drop Off, 2 wrecks in the lagoon, Pelilieu Express, Chandelier Caves, Coral
Gardens, and snokeled Jellyfish Lake.  Also took nice land tour of Pelilieu
Island to view WWII relics and memorials - very sobering.
This is not a trip for novice divers as the currents are strong and
bouyancy control a must.  Dive masters allowed everyone in our group to
dive their own profiles as long as the 110' depth and 60-minutes were not
violated.  This trip is expensive, but we will go back again as the diving
in Palau is world class.  Tons of sharks, turtles, Wrasses, Rays, Eels,
even saw a Leopard Shark, a very large Marble Ray, and Cuttle Fish on this
trip.  We dove Blue Corner four times at our request as the sea life and
sharks were everywhere.  Felt like we were diving in an aquarium -
unbelievable.  Reef Hooks are a blast!  The only downfall  from this trip
is that it may have ruined Carribbean diving for us.  We were blown away. 
Thanks to the Tropic Dancer Crew - Capt Mark, Eng Hector, Addi, Nadia, Ben
(dive masters) and the awesome cook - Doug!  If  you are serious about
diving - make this trip and do it on a Liveaboard - you will remember it
for the rest of your life!  Bring lots of batteries and storage for your
cameras - you will need it!
Dive Safe!
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