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Dive Review of Hamanasi in
Belize/Southern

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Emerson, MN, USA
Contributor   (13 reports)
Report Number 3782
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Burma, Solomons, Fiji, Palau, Galapagos, Little Cayman, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
81   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
70   to 90    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive by computer  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
Did not cater to the serious underwater photographer.  Did have a big fresh
water bucket on board.  Staff was very helpful in handling equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Just finished our second family trip to southern Belize in the past year. 
This time we stayed in a 3 BR condo at Belizean Dreams which is next door
to Hamanasi Resort where we staid last time and dove with their operation
again this time.

The condo was great for a family of five.  It is designed to accomodate up
to 10, but I think 8 would be a comfortable maximum.  Very nice units with
nice ocean view throughout.  We ate several meals in our unit which saves a
lot.  I recommend King Kassava in Hopkins for a good value meal but cash
required.  We also rented a SUV and drove down from BZE which is about a 2
1/2 drive.  The roads are very good, although a little nerve racking after
dark because of 8 one lane bridges.  For a family, you can save a lot of
money by doing this.

In addition to diving, we went to the Mayan ruins on the Guatamala border
which are a must see if you like that type of thing.  We decided that next
time we will visit the Tical ruins in Guatamala but will stay in night near
the border to make the trip more reasonable.  We also liked the Belize Zoo.
 Placentia was also a nice day trip for non-divers.

The Hamanasi dive operation is absolutely first class, and caters to a wide
variety of dive skills.  They are great for young divers and both of my
teen children were certified there and they consider it the gold standard
for diving any where in the world.

We spend one day at Turneffe's Atoll and dove the famous Elbow which was a
bit challenging for inexperienced divers.  The subject matter was great --
we saw a pod of dolphins, multiple turtles, multiple sharks, and nice
schools of fish.  Glovers Atoll was also nice with very nice visibility and
topography.  The diving was a bit easier there as well.  We then spent two
days at the local barrier reef which is standard destination for all
divers.  Again, lots of nice things to see with multiple eels, turtles,
eagle rays, lobsters, and spotted drum fish (the closest thing in the
Carribean to a clown fish).  All in all, a great experience.  I will be
posting my pictures on flickr in a week or so.  Plese contact me at
medas2005@msn.com if you want a link or more advice on the locale.
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