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Dive Review of Peter Hughes in
Trinidad and Tobago/Tobago

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff and Elaine Byland, MI, USA
Report Number 1631
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos x2, Tobago x2, Cozumelx6, St. Croix, Grenadines, Little Cayman,
Cayman Brac, Roatan, Utila, Belize, Curacao x4, Bonaire St. Lucia, St.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational dive depth limits, back on boat 500 psi, no decompression
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large table on Wind Dancer.  Bucket designated for cameras.  Bucket on
panga.  All diving from pangas (not the rubber type pangas, but more like
small boats).  Some strong currents were encountered which always makes
photography more challenging.  Surface waves and getting back into a panga
can also make handling of camera equipment more difficult at this dive
location.  There was a ladder for exiting the water.  The panga driver and
DM were careful with all of our equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
4 stars    
All of the crew were hard working and willing to go the extra mile for any
special situations.  The Wind Dancer was well kept for its age.  We must
thank Peter Hughes for having local divemasters on this vessel.  We think
it made a big difference in the quality of the diving.  We met divemaster
Tyson 3 years ago on a landbased Tobago trip and when we found out he was
on the Wind Dancer it made this trip all the more special.  He continues to
be one of our favorites.  Divemaster CNN is a macro wizard!!!  Motely made
the strong current dives seem fun and relaxing.  These three are the best. 
Captain Brian and the the rest of the crew were top notch and we cannot
wait to do this trip again.

We saw the largest angel fish and nurse sharks we had ever seen.  Other
sightings of interest were two 1 1/2 inch juvenile scorpionfish and a
longhorn nudibranch that CNN found on a night dive, 3 blacktip reef sharks,
several nurse sharks, several turtles, flameback angelfish, cherubs,
shortnose batfish, flying gunards, juvenile queen angel (my first),
juvenile french angels, huge lobsters and morays, crabs, many stingrays,
scorpionfish and a huge goliath grouper.

We did not see hammerhead sharks (occasionally seen there), manta rays
(occasionally seen there), spotted eagle rays, toadfish (heard them on
night dives), seahorses, frogfish or juvenile gray angels.  All of these
are in the Tobago waters, but not sighted by us.

The bad - American airlines just does not make it easy for you to get there
(we used airmiles).  We had to do an overnight in Trinidad on the way there
and an overnight in Miami coming back.  We also had our underwater housing
for our still digital camera stolen after our case was checked, so when we
arrived late at night in Trinidad that was our welcome.  All night dives
are after dinner.  We would prefer before dinner or a compromise and have
it offered maybe twice a week.

If we did not have to overnight on the way there, (especially in Trinidad)
we would try and go to Tobago every year.  We love it that much.  

This is not a beginner destination due to some strong currents, panga
diving, and at times low visibility.
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