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Dive Review of Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II in

Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II, Jan, 2013,

by David Marchese, PA, US (Contributor Contributor 17 reports with 25 Helpful votes). Report 6853.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The hard corals were generally stressed. The soft corals were healthy and big. The overall fish population was on the low side, but there were 2' + groupers, schools of 10 - 12 tarpon, and medium sized cuda on most dives. We had about 5 pretty good eagle ray encounters and saw about as many reef sharks. We even saw one hammerhead and another group saw a manta and a pod of dolphins. Night dives were pretty good with octopus, squid, and hunting tarpon being the highlight. The generally low vis was a disappointment as it averaged between 50 and 75'. The blue hole was pretty fun. The viz was great and the formation were worth seeing. I hit 140 feet there with 25% nitrox.

The food was plentiful and generally very good, but certainly not gourmet. It was more heavy and "American" than I prefer (ribs, roast turkey, potatoes, etc.) but it was good and most seemed to enjoy it.

This was our 20th live aboard, and while the diving certainly wasn't the best (we didn't expect it to be the best), the boat was one of the best in terms of condition, cleanliness, and layout.

The crew and staff were fantastic. All diving was from the main ship. Dives consisted of going in one direction along the wall and then back along the top of the wall. We would generally do two dives per site with one going "south" from the mooring and the next going " north" so basic navigation skills were necessary. We usually hit the water first and wouldn't see any other divers until the end of out dive. That was nice.
Websites Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Tonga, Fiji, Galapagos, Cocos, Tahiti, Maldives, PNG, Socorro, Sea of Cortez, Solomon Islands, Palau, Indonesia, Caribbean, etc
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, no currents
Water Temp 79-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110' max or nitrox max limit (140 at blue hole)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Dedicated rinse tanks, camera tables, and air guns provided.
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