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Dive Review of Peter Hughes/Sea Dancer in
Turks and Caicos

Peter Hughes/Sea Dancer, Jul, 2002,

by Robert Losey, AZ, USA . Report 2.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 5 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 3 stars
Comments Stan the cook was outrageous, some of the best food I have had and always good. Dinner was semi-formal, (how formal can you get in a bathing suit)salad, soup, hot bread or biscuits, wine, and then you main coarse. I believe three out of the seven nights we had a choice on entrees + dessert! I understand Stan has been the cook on Sea Dancer for the last 15 years and in that time has only taken two vacations - what dedication! Matt, the Photo Pro was great, however he will soon be going over to the new Peter Hughes boat in Belize - Good Luck to you Matt I'm sure you will do well. Captain Ian, Nina, Ben & Frankin did a fine job also. Some things between this boat and the Cayman Aggressor where: The whole crew seem to be truly one team where I cannot say that for the Cayman Aggressor. There was allways one of the crew in the water with you if not two, not that this was necessary but they where there. Peter Hughes hang bar as far as I was concerned was almost worthless unless you where in calm seas and the boat was not moving on it's mooring, I'll take the Aggressor approach anytime, ropes and not stationary bars. One thing that realy ticked my wife off was that after exiting the van that picked you up from the airport you had to immediately go upstairs and do the 'C' card thingee. On Peter Hughes boats you have to bring a copy of the waiver you sent to them ours was in our luggage, hardly on the boat yet. It would not take much to change this so I hope they make this correction soon.
The Boat is in bad need of updating! All the Aggressor boats we have been on are very nice (exception Bay Islands Aggressor, but from other reports I assume it has neen updated also). All the eating is on the top deck under a canopy type thing - if it gets hot or the air guits moving, things can get a little sticky up there. The door into the cabin area is a step up type door (I'm saying 1 to 1 1/2 ft step up), my wife really bumped her toe on this lip - ouch! The cabins needs new carpet on the walls and the shower in #3 is only one temperature - HOT! It only has one lever 'ON or OFF'. In general you can see the oldness of the boat, rust & wear here and there and just OLD! I have looked at other Peter Hughes boats and they do not seem to be as bad as the Sea Dancer - Peter, time for refit!
Diving was great for Carribean standards 4 to 5 dives per day - Crossing to French Caye was worth it. Say 'HI' to Leon for us! (You need to be the boat to know about Leon).

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Palau, Truk, Kosrae, Yap, Hawaii, Belize, Cozumel, Honduras, Sea of Cortez, Caymans
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75-100 Ft/ 23-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions You could have a glass of wine with dinner and still go on the night dive. It was requested that you be on the boat with 500 lbs. but was never checked.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Good to great! Did not even have to touch my camera before or after dives, crew took care of all. Matt the Photo Pro was great would offer suggestions for different dives. Both my wife and I had cameras on this trip.
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