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Dive Review of Peter Hughes liveaboard in
Trinidad and Tobago

Peter Hughes liveaboard, Aug, 2004,

by Lester Licht, Ct., USA . Report 2036.

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

Weather sunny, dry Seas currents
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
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 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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