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Dive Review of Peter Hughes liveaboard in
Trinidad and Tobago

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Lester Licht, Ct., USA
Report Number 2036
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea 3x, Cozumel 4x, Bonaire 3x, Curacao 3x, Costa Rica, Fl Keys 6x. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
This was a trip for dive industry professionals (shop owners, dive magazine
writers and editors etc.) and travel agents and there was an expectation
that all aboard were very experienced.  Therefore restrictions were loose,
to say the least.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
5 stars    
With more than 350 logged dives and 15+ years of diving, I thought I was
fairly experienced but I was quite the novice compared to my shipmates on
this trip. That was good in that we were allowed a great deal of 'diving
freedom' and bad for me at least because I hadn't been in the water for a
year and a half and could have used more support from a reliable buddy on
this trip.  My regulat dive buddy couldn't make it and so I was a solo
traveler this time.  It was also my 1st liveaboard trip and I must say the
wake up-breakfast-dive-snack-dive-lunch-dive-snack-dive-dinner-night dive
routine is a wonderful way to go.  I loved it!!  The group was friendly and
congenial.  Staff was excellent from captain to DMs to cook etc.  The
warmed towels and hot chocolate with Baileys Irish Cream option was a fine
touch.  Cabins were more than adaquate.  They provided dive alerts and
sausages on a reel which was also a mixed blessing.  There was no
instruction given with these items and when I decided, at 65 ft. to abort
one dive I couldn't get the sausage inflated so I just made a normal ascent
with safety stop.  Had I gotten the sausage inflated at depth I probably
would have gotten bent because I had the reel hooked to my BC and was
unprepared to let out the line safely.  Now that I understand how the
equipment should be used it wouldn't be a problem but it could have been
bad news for me at that time.  Even something as simple as a sausage &
reel can be hazardous without the correct knowledge in how to use it
properly.  I remember reading about a DM who got bent using this same gear
set up when the reel snagged and pulled him up instaed of just letting the
line run up to the surface.  No harm, no foul but a lesson learned that
could have been much more costly to me.  Peter Hughes himself joined us for
most of the week and we developed quite a bond.  He's a fine host and a
gentleman.  I recommend this trip to any divers who are experienced with
strong current drift diving.
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