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Dive Review of Hamanasi in
Belize/South Reef

January, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Patricia MacSween, AB, CA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 6406
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Yap, Truk, Palau, North Sulawesi, Hawaii, Thailand, Aruba, Cayman, Roatan,
Corn Islands, Grenadines, and others
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
usual  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
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
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
5 stars  
Comments
Although there was a nice bucket of fresh water exclusively for underwater
cameras, there was no real space to safely keep cameras on a table
to/between/from dives.  The crew was very helpful about handing cameras to
divers in the water, and putting the cameras in the separate rinse bucket.
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The dive guides were great -- we had mostly Martin and Tirrell -- but
comments from all guests on board were favorable for all guides.  Watched
one of the dive masters be extremely patient with a "hesitant"
open water certification diver on 2 of her first dives.  Boats were in good
condition and appeared to be well maintained.  It was lovely to be able to
arrive at the boat in the morning and have all gear transported to the boat
by staff, and then to hop off the boat and know that it would be rinsed and
hung overnight for us.  Although we were allowed to dive our own profile,
felt safety first was a concern of the crew. We had some windy weather
during our stay, and getting on board was trickly.. however, the crew
managed to board us all quickly, efficiently, and safely with help from
them for us to get up the ladder and safely to our seat. The stop at the
small island between dives, complete with cookies, juice and fruit was a
nice touch. 
Really would recommend Hamanasi to anyone diving in that area, and would
certainly like to return sometime and dive with them again.
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