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Dive Review of Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort in
Belize/Hopkins

June, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Sue Sepelak, MD, US (2 reports)
Report Number 6321
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea; Malaysia; Thailand; Haiti; Puerto Rico; Fiji; Galapagos; Bonaire;
Curacao; Sea of Cortez; Cozumel; North Carolina; Florida 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
80   to 85    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Time and air limits; no limit on depth  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Comments
Dive boat had a marked water container for cameras.  The boat crew failed
to instruct the divers that the container was only for cameras and not
masks. Therefore, masks were rinsed in the camera container until someone
informed the crew what was going on. They assumed everyone knew boat
etiquette.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
4 stars  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Hamanasi Resort was a great resort.  Beautiful accomodations; great food;
and excellent customer service.  The resort offered a number of activities
in addition to diving including kayaking; jungle trecking; cave tubing. 
The week we were there was quite windy and the seas very choppy.
Shoes/sandals were not allowed on the dive boats which made for unsafe,
slippery conditions.  

The reefs near the resort (about a 20-30 minute boat ride) were healthy and
had good fish life, although not a lot of large fish.  Schools of eagle
rays were bountiful. The resort offered a 3-tank boat dive to the reefs
farther offshore (about an hour boat ride) such as Turneffe Caye, but those
did not have anything more to offer than the reefs closer in. Snorkeling
was a good bet - also by boat to the nearby reefs. A guide accompanied the
snorkelers.  They saw a good variety of fish including nurse sharks, rays,
tropicals.
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