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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Star Dancer in
Papua New Guinea/New Britan

Peter Hughes Star Dancer, Apr, 2006,

by Terry Gee, TX, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 2475.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Palau, Guam, Philipines, Viet Nam, Truk, most locations in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, Sea of Cortez, off of Southern California, extensively for more than 40 years
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 86 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 55 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No diving restrictions except no drinking and diving but no one was watching to see if someone had a beer and then dived two hours later.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Camera facilities included a clean and spacious dedicated rinse tank, a dedicated camera table and work space and a charging station for batteries. It seems like I am the only dinasour using convential photography these days as the digital wave sweeps over the rest of the dive community, so the onboard development of slides is no longer up and running. Cameras were carried to the dive deck by the crew and passed to the divers in the water. Care in handeling the equipment was always exercised.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Star Dancer is the best of the three Peter Hughes boats that I have taken my groups aboard. It is spacious with relatively large rooms and lavatories in each, a spacious dive deck and dive platform, a warm and comfortable lounge/dining room, a nice library/theatre/botique on the lower deck and a large sun deck with ample shade, sun and hammocks and lounge furniture on the upper deck. Everyone in my group of 14 loved the boat and the crew. The crew is warm, accommodating, friendly and interacts with the guests in a most pleasant manner. Captain Raabe is a pure delight to be with and extremely entertaining. The diving is nothing short of spectacular with five dives a day, no profiles or time limits set for the guests, dive masters in the water to point out critters (which is a great help as so many of them are so small I would have never seen them without that help)and new dive sites with almost every dive. Divers were accounted for by each having a name tag attached to them prior to each dive and retrieved by the crew upon exiting the water.
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