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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Diving in

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by James Ferman, AZ, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Tahiti, Fiji, Truk, Yap, Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile- you were treated like an adult  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Separate rinse  buckets for cameras. A large number of electrical outlets
in the charging station.
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  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
In a word: WONDERFUL!
The staff, the boat, the diving- all really exquisite and it's easy to see
why this is one of the world's premier dive locations. This is my 3rd time
back to Palau and the 2nd live-aboard I've been on there. The Peter Hughes'
Tropic Dancer is a beautiful boat that leaves you wanting for little.  The
boat was in excellent shape- staterooms were very comfortable with large
queen-size beds and in-room bathrooms with showers. The showers were
actually quite strong and there was plenty of hot water, even with a full
complement of passengers. There were 16 of us in mid-July and we took
advantage of the Dive-the-World pricing, which is a great  discount.
The diving- phenomenal! The underwater visibility is 60- 120 feet and this
time the currents, while swift, were not as strong as I have experienced
previously.  The corals were all beautiful, having recovered from the
El-Nino affected warmer water temps I saw previously. Lots of sharks and
Napoleon Wrasse abound in the waters around Palau. I was diving with a
number of newbie divers and the staff was really attentive to their needs
and yet they left the more experienced divers unrestricted to dive their
own profiles. 
The Crew-
Captain Ike- what a nice man! And a Captain who doesn't isolate himself
from the rest of the crew and passengers. He jumps right in from serving
meals, to cleaning up with the rest of the crew, to leading dives. A real
hands-on guy who sincerely cares for his divers. 
Photo-Pro Ben Clark- More enthusiasm than one would ever expect. A true
photo professional who produced a beautiful video of the week's diving. He
was a lot of fun to watch on the reefs- pointing out small critters to
actually playing with his friend, a large Napoleon Wrasse who he literally
took under his wing!
Dive Master Nadia- A delightful young woman from Belize who is out living
her dream diving the world. Very attentive, extremely helpful and as hard a
worker as you'll ever meet. She lead divers in swift currents to a lazy
dive in Jellyfish Lake.
The Chef- Cameron- a talented chef who is quick to please even the most
finicky (mine) palette. He could whip up gourmet delights as well as
prepare a substitute main entree that made me wonder if the other guest
were licking their fingers like I was. He also made a birthday cake up for
the two divers whose birthdays were lucky enough to fall in that week. I
was one and it certainly was a wonderful surprise.

I usually can be extremely critical of a dive operator or Liveaboard, but
this operation was flaw-free. Excellently run, I would recommend this boat
to everyone. 
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