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Dive Review of Hamanasi in
Belize/Hopkins

Hamanasi, May, 2011,

by Leo Dioguardi, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 6059.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cozumel, curaçao, Bimini, Hawaii, Palau, roatan, utilaflorida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 83 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No unreasonable limits, dive your computer, do 3min safety stop, head shallow when you hit 1000pso.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The staff of the entire resort including the dive staff are the best we have ever encountered in all of our years of diving. Everyone without exception was friendly & helpful. The food was spectacular and the service was great. The barrier reef was is good condition but viz was a little less than we had hoped, perhaps due to the fish spawning. All dives were easy drift dives with light or no current and the boat showed up promptly when we surfaced. A 30 minute boat ride takes you to the beginning of the barrier reef which is sometimes a narrow ridge with a wall on one side and sandy basins 40 or so feet away, other times it seem very wide. We saw sting rays,eagle rays , and hawksbill turtles on almost every dive. SiT was spend on a nearby island with cookies, juice, and watermelon. The famous atolls are a bit further but we felt the barrier reef was just fine. We did give the whale shark trip a go but to no avail, we did see some large schools of jacks and two blacktips checked us out as well. In addition to the diving are other echo tours but ,this place is a bit isolated so if you are looking for city life, it may not be your cup of tea.
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