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Dive Review of Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II in

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

by Diane Nash, VA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7109.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was an awesome trip. The ocean life was fantastic. Spotted toad fish, free swimming moray eels during the day, which is very unusual(but probably because they are being fed the speared lion fish) and lots of the regular critters, turtles, lobsters...
We have been doing Dancer live aboard's here for 20 years. When we first started diving here the corals where pristine. Over the years we watched it decline but in the last few years we are seeing it come back to what it was 20 years ago. The fish life and corals are coming back strong. In order to keep the fish life strong we need to reduce the number of lion fish by teach the indigenous fish to eat them or allow divers to spear them.
The Sun Dancer is my favorite live aboard. The boat is awesome and the crew is more so. Between the two cooks, Carlos and Jerry, with help from Barbara and Elia, meals are prepared like a 5 star restaurant. Captains and some crew members come and go but some of the crew we have been with for 16+ years.
The only negative that I saw was putting a chum bucket out to draw sharks. This is the first time in all our years of diving Dancer boats that we have seen them do this. We have seen sharks on every trip over the 20 years without chumming.
This was a special 10 day trip at the price of a 7 day trip and we hope that they will do this more than once a year
If you are looking for easy diving with great corals, great shear walls, awesome fish life and great accommodations this is a trip for you.
Websites Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Tortola, Turks & Caicos, Cayman Islands, Venezuela, Belize, Bermuda, Utila/Roatan, Grenada, Honduras, Bonaire
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75-150 Ft/ 23-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions return with 500 PSI was requested but not strickly inforced
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments N/A
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