I alas was on this wonderful dive. It turned out that by chance there were only four of us on board... Patti, Oj, Hunters and myself. I had just been certified a mere two days before by Ben Pierce, a great divemaster and teacher. We went on this dive and I, as a novice was so fortunate to have experienced such marine life. Call me blonde (!!) but I had no fear of the sharks or any other marine life we saw as we alas WERE in a "Protected marine reserve"!! HA HA
If you dive, do go to Paradise Down. They care and they do take care of you! All the way down to fully outfitting you. My dive bag did not make the trip the first two days but NO PROBLEM! The folks at PD took care of everything... Marybelle made sure all my equipment, including wetsuit (good idea even in warm water) were already on the boat and ready for me. In fact, next time I go I will not even bring my own gear as it is not necessary.. they have all new equipment available.
Safety is the key and you can feel secure and most of all have FUN!!!
I can only speak from experience....