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Dive Review of Hamanasi in
Belize/Southern Reef/Glover's Reef

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (62 reports, with 6 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6764
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Solomon Islands, PNG, GBR, Vanuatu, Palau, Philippines,
Indonesia, Yap, Kosrae, Truk, Fiji, Socorros, All over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No Deco  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
At Hamanasi, most of of the diving is on the southern reef. We did a 3-tank
trip to Glover's Reef, which is well worth it. The quantity and variety of
reef fish seemed to be less than in previous visits to Belize. Best photo
ops were with smaller critters such as crabs and shrimps. No topside rinse
tank for cameras; used shower by pool to rinse camera. Small 5 gallon on
boat for cameras that was usually inadequate; suggested that a cooler be
put on board for cameras. Suggestion was ignored. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Hamanasi is a beautiful resort that takes some effort to get to. It is
about a 45 minute van ride from the Dangriga airstrip in Southern Belize.
One must connect thru Belize City.

Had an ocean view, 2nd level room that was very spacious; king bed, large
lanai. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The operation is quite well
organized offering a good variety of topside excursions along with diving.
Snorkeling is also offered for non-divers. In fact, during my stay, there
were more non-divers than divers. 

There is a large pool surrounded by plenty of lounge chairs with pads and
towels. Bar service is offered at the pool. The bar area is cozy and
friendly with a Happy Hour from 4 PM to 6 PM. 

The breakfasts are buffet with the usual toast, breads, scrambled eggs,
breakfast meat, fruits and juices. No made-to-order eggs or omelets are
offered.

Lunch and Dinner are ordered off the menu with daily specials. The food is
generally very good with a nice variety. There were a couple occasions of
over-cooked chicken and fish. But I also had some succulent lamb and a
cooked-to-order rare steak that was very tasty.
The desserts are limited by quite good.

The normal dive trip is a morning 2-tank trip to the local reefs, about a
30-40 minute trip. The dive boat is fairly spacious with lots of cover and
dry areas. Water, juice, fruit and cookies are offered between dives. The
dive operation takes care of all the dive gear from set-up to rinsing and
storing. The dive crew is helpful, friendly and very knowledgeable
regarding the reef and its marine life. Like other areas in the Caribbean,
the Belize reefs have been inundated with lionfish, which are having a very
negative effect on the marine life. The Hamanasi dive crew took spears on
every dive and managed to snag a few of these villians.

There are several topside activities that are offered as part of the
standard package. Most of my activity was spent underwater,however, I did
do the Bocawina zip line trip, which was quite exhilarating and well worth
the additional cost.

Another nice feature is Ginger, the resort's cat, whom I found outside my
door on a couple of occasions.

Hamanasi is a very, very nice resort with beautiful grounds and a
comfortable atmosphere. I have already booked a return visit.

NOTE: bring bug repellent!! The no-see-'ems are almost as bad as Honduras.

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