Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Peter Hughes Stardancer in
Papua New Guinea

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Donald Rowe, CA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports)
Report Number 2420
Subscribers: Submit Your Reader Report Here
Subscribe Now Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.
Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]Playa Blanca,Cancun,Cozumel,Sea of
Cortez,SonoraBay,Mexico:BoraBora,Moorea,Raiatea,
Rangiroa, Tahiti: Turks and Caicos,Red Sea,Grand Cayman, Jamaica,Maldives,
Maui, Costa Rica, Great Barrier Reef, Galapagos, Revillagegedos
Islands,Papua New Guinea, Palau, Fiji, Indonesia, Belize,
Bahamas,California Islands.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, rainy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
84   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]NOne, but most dives were in groups.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
2 stars
Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The Good: Though I'm not a macro diver, I was impressed with both the
variety and number of small critters we saw.  On the first dive..Sea
Snakes, Cleaner Shrimp,Filefish,baby Lion Fish,Cushion Starfish, Squat
Lobster,Frogfish,Nudibranchs,Banded Pipefish,Anglerfish,Stony Toadfish, and
Pufferfish. More Seahorses on the next dive than I had seen cumutively in
all my other dives. The dive guides (all native) were uncanny in their
ability to find these critters many of which I would have passed by without
seeing,such as Mantis Shrimp which had to patiently be coaxed out of their
holes to put on a show for us.

Another dive: Frogfish,Snake Banner Eel,Juvenile Squat Lobster,Angel
Fish,Octopus,Banded Shrimp, Crocodile Scorpion Fish,Decorated
Shrimp,Electric Clam, Flying Gunard. And Mandarin Fish on one night dive.

And so it went. Visibility was good but not outstanding.  Water was almost
too warm. Skies were mostly cloudy with showers from time to time but
weather never caused any dive interruption. Rooms are typical Peter Hughes
with lots of room and ensuite toilet and shower.

Diving was on the East side of PNG because West side was enjoying the
monsoon season.

Crew was friendly and helpful with typical Peter Hughes service.  
 

Not so good.

We had a few mishaps which disturbed many of the other divers. First, the
Skiff went down for motor ills the second day and never came back. 
This meant that we either had to come back to the main boat, or when there
was current, we had to be picked up by the Stardancer.  Alan, the skipper
did a fine job of this but is was somewhat of an ordeal.  No skiff also
meant no fresh fish. 

On several occasions we tied up to either the shore or to a dive site and
the tie line broke while we were underwater causing another pickup 
by the Stardancer.

Lastly, this was the last dive trip before the boat was to go to drydock
for refurbishing which meant it wasn't in "shiny penny" condition
and wasn't as well stocked with varieties of food as might be expected. 
Without a skiff, fishing was not productive so that added to the lack of
variety in the diet which also disturbed some of the passengers who, for
the most part, were all veteran divers with many liveaboard trips to their
credit.

We did get lots of dives.  I had to forego 1/12 days of diving due to the
flight schedule provided by my travel agent that I didn't read carefully
enough before travelling, but still got 35 dives in 9 days and 29 hours of
bottom time.

I sure did miss the Pelagics however.
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)
 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 125 dive reviews of Papua New Guinea and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Other dive reports on Peter Hughes Diving

All Papua New Guinea Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to Papua New Guinea
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Featured Links from Our Sponsors
Interested in becoming a sponsor?
Reef & Rainforest, Let our experience be your guide -- Reef and Rainforest
Reef & Rainforest
is an agency for travelers that scuba dive. Want biodiversity, critters, tribal villages, birds of paradise? We specialize in Papua New Guinea.

Want to assemble your own collection of Papua New Guinea reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.


Want to get more articles like these and
other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email?
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update, and a sample issue!


NEW! Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |


Copyright © 1996-2016 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.