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Dive Review of Peter Hughes/Paradise Dancer in
Indonesia/Raja Ampats

Peter Hughes/Paradise Dancer, Nov, 2008,

by Curt Andrus, TX, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4555.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Indo, Baja, various Caribbean, Fiji, Palau, Costa Rica, Seychelles
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 30 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Generally allowed to dive to your certification level
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 I am not an U/W photographer, but the camera facilities in the front of the boat, adjacent to the dive deck seemed adequate. A rinse tank for camera gear was separate from the general gear rinse tank. Cameras were taken to/from the dive tenders by the crew.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is the newest boat in the Peter Hughes fleet. As such, it had some 'new boat' kinks to work out, but nothing that appeared to compromise the safety of the vessel or its passengers. Also, this is their first season in Raja Ampats, so they are learning some of the intricacies of the dive sites and working their way from island to island. Over the course of our 11-day charter, we only missed one dive due to weather.

Overall the variety and concentration of corals and fish life was excellent. Dive conditions were easy and they did a good job of checking currents and alerting us to conditions. Briefings were thorough. Dive guides were there to lead the dive but it was not mandatory to follow them. 1 or 2 guides were with each group on every dive. The boat accommodated 18 divers and all diving was done from 2 tenders. Although they switched tanks and assembled gear for you, remember it is your responsibility to check your gear before you get in the water.

Cabins were spacious, with a simple desk, wardrobe, storage shelves and a complete bathroom with enclosed shower. By far, the largest room I've had on a liveaboard.

Breakfasts were made to order and served after the first morning dive. Lunch was buffet - after dive #2, afternoon snacks were after dive #3, and dinner was sit-down - after the night dive. All drinks were included.
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