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Dive Review of Peter Hughes/Sea Dancer in
Turks and Caicos

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Robert Losey, AZ, USA
Report Number 2
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Truk, Kosrae, Yap, Hawaii, Belize, Cozumel, Honduras, Sea of Cortez,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
You could have a glass of wine with dinner and still go on the night dive.
It was requested that you be on the boat with 500 lbs. but was never
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
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
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Good to great! Did not even have to touch my camera before or after dives,
crew took care of all. Matt the Photo Pro was great would offer suggestions
for different dives. Both my wife and I had cameras on this trip.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Stan the cook was outrageous, some of the best food I have had and always
good. Dinner was semi-formal, (how formal can you get in a bathing
suit)salad, soup, hot bread or biscuits, wine, and then you main coarse. I
believe three out of the seven nights we had a choice on entrees + dessert!
I understand Stan has been the cook on Sea Dancer for the last 15 years and
in  that time has only taken two vacations - what dedication! Matt, the
Photo Pro was great, however he will soon be going over to the new Peter
Hughes boat in Belize - Good Luck to you Matt I'm sure you will do well.
Captain Ian, Nina, Ben & Frankin did a fine job also. Some things
between this boat and the Cayman Aggressor where: The whole crew seem to be
truly one team where I cannot say that for the Cayman Aggressor. There was
allways one of the crew in the water with you if not two, not that this was
necessary but they where there. Peter Hughes hang bar as far as I was
concerned was almost worthless unless you where in calm seas and the boat
was not moving on it's mooring, I'll take the Aggressor approach anytime,
ropes and not stationary bars. One thing that realy ticked my wife off was
that after exiting the van that picked you up from the airport you had to
immediately go upstairs and do the 'C' card thingee. On Peter Hughes boats
you have to bring a copy of the waiver you sent to them ours was in our
luggage, hardly on the boat yet. It would not take much to change this so I
hope they make this correction soon.
The Boat is in bad need of updating! All the Aggressor boats we have been
on are very nice (exception Bay Islands Aggressor, but from other reports I
assume it has neen updated also). All the eating is on the top deck under a
canopy type thing - if it gets hot or the air guits moving, things can get
a little sticky up there. The door into the cabin area is a step up type
door (I'm saying 1 to 1 1/2 ft step up), my wife really bumped her toe on
this lip - ouch! The cabins needs new carpet on the walls and the shower in
#3 is only one temperature - HOT! It only has one lever 'ON or OFF'. In
general you can see the oldness of the boat, rust & wear here and there
and just OLD! I have looked at other Peter Hughes boats and they do not
seem to be as bad as the Sea Dancer - Peter, time for refit! 
Diving was great for Carribean standards 4 to 5 dives per day - Crossing to
French Caye was worth it. Say 'HI' to Leon for us! (You need to be the boat
to know about Leon).
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