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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Star Dancer in
Papua New Guinea/New Britan

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Terry Gee, TX, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 2475
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Guam, Philipines, Viet Nam, Truk, most locations in the Caribbean,
Gulf of Mexico, Sea of Cortez, off of Southern California, extensively for
more than 40 years
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
86   to 90    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
55   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No diving restrictions except no drinking and diving but no one was
watching to see if someone had a beer and then dived two hours later.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera facilities included a clean and spacious dedicated rinse tank, a
dedicated camera table and work space and a charging station for batteries.
 It seems like I am the only dinasour using convential photography these
days as the digital wave sweeps over the rest of the dive community, so the
onboard development of slides is no longer up and running. Cameras were
carried to the dive deck by the crew and passed to the divers in the water.
 Care in handeling the equipment was always exercised. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
The Star Dancer is the best of the three Peter Hughes boats that I have
taken my groups aboard.  It is spacious with relatively large rooms and
lavatories in each, a spacious dive deck and dive platform, a warm and
comfortable lounge/dining room, a nice library/theatre/botique on the lower
deck and a large sun deck with ample shade, sun and hammocks and lounge
furniture on the upper deck.  Everyone in my group of 14 loved the boat and
the crew.  The crew is warm, accommodating, friendly and interacts with the
guests in a most pleasant manner.  Captain Raabe is a pure delight to be
with and extremely entertaining.  The diving is nothing short of
spectacular with five dives a day, no profiles or time limits set for the
guests, dive masters in the water to point out critters (which is a great
help as so many of them are so small I would have never seen them without
that help)and new dive sites with almost every dive.  Divers were accounted
for by each having a name tag attached to them prior to each dive and
retrieved by the crew upon exiting the water.  
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