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Dive Review of Wind Dancer in

Wind Dancer, Aug, 2006,

by Tom Doeppner, RI, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 2905.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments We were much disappointed in this trip. Though the crew was great, the diving was mediocre. Visibility was generally poor. Diving was from a tender and all were supposed to stick with the divemaster. If you took too long taking photographs, it was likely that the rest of the group would have gone on and were no longer visible. I spent much of the dives trying to catch up with the group after taking photos. The 45-minute limit on dives was necessary, they said, so that they could fit in 5 dives a day, though if they started earlier and finished later they could have allowed more bottom time. The boat and crew were new to the area, so they weren't terribly familiar with the dive sites. The combination of poor visibility and lack of interesting subject matter made for not a great photographic experience.

On the other hand, the crew were friendly and really tried to make sure people were having a good time. Though the food was unexciting, there was plenty of it and it was served with good cheer. All alcohol on board was free, with the usual restriction of no diving after drinking. The captain was quite amenable to taking input on where to go. The boat itself seemed a bit on the shabby side -- though the cabins were clean, they were showing their age. Reading lights were barely adequate. Anyone suffering from claustrophobia should stay away from the bottom bunks.

If you'd put this crew in a refurbished boat in a better location, you'd have a winner.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Many places in the equatorial pacific (Solomons, PNG, Fiji, Indonesia, Malaysia, Hawaii) and in the Caribbean (Bonaire, Curacao, St. Vincent, Belize, Caymans, etc.)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-50 Ft/ 6-15 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions No deeper than 130 feet, must stay with the group, no longer than 45 minutes.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The setup was fine. But there wasn't a whole lot of interesting things to take photos of.
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