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Dive Review of Peter Hughes in
Trinidad and Tobago/Tobago

Peter Hughes, Mar, 2005,

by Jeff and Elaine Byland, MI, USA . Report 1631.

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. Kitts.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational dive depth limits, back on boat 500 psi, no decompression diving
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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