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Dive Review of HAMANASI in
Belize

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by ERNIE PLOURDE, CT, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (9 reports)
Report Number 1675
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]FIJI,TRUK,CAYMAN,TAHITI,ST. LUCIA,ETC.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
1
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]We could dive our own profile, dive guides were there, but
didn't restrict our dive.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Comments
[None]Basically none, rinse tank was a cooler, which couldn't fit my video
camera, had to keep it on my lap or the seat next to me.No UWP facility on
shore other than your room.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
[None]The reef was relatively healthy, dive operation was run by Karon from
South Africa, who personally trained all dive guides and Dive Masters.This
included goals and a missionary statement!A tight ship as they say.I did 4
whale shark dives (a $85 upgrade)didn't see anything until the last dive,
then we saw 7!!! You have to get the last slot at 3:30, that's when they
feed. It's a 1 1/2 hour boat ride.On one of the reef dives we saw 2 Spotted
Eagle Ray's,10 ft.across!Most of the good dives are upgrades. Food was
good, but skip the fish, needed Cipro, Pepto and Immodium!We did not have a
bug free air conditioned dining area. You MUST spray a Deet solution after
showering, don't even think of going outside until you do,and any area you
don't spray will be bit. Had to use a rental pressure guage and was told I
would be charged for the reg. as well, but by week end, the charge was
0.One of the owners, Dana,seemed to always be available, with a gorgeous
smile and intelligent conversation.There were many activities for
non-divers as well.Staff always at your service.      
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