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Dive Review of Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II in
Belize/Lighthouse Reef/Turneffe Reef

October, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
Top Contributor   (63 reports, with 8 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6763
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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, cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
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
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
The Sun Dancer II has 2 camera tables, plenty of battery charging stations
and 2 large dedicated camera rinse tanks. Air hose at camera tables; no
smaller towels for cameras.

The marine life at the outer atolls of Belize is better than that around
Ambergris Caye but it is not as plentiful and vibrant as it was a few years
ago. The reefs appear to have more algae on them perhaps a result of the
increase in lionfish that are eating the reef fish. 

Best photo ops were arrow crabs, pederson shrimp, hermit crabs, eels,
spotted toadfish and a few moon jellies.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
The Sun Dancer II is a spacious boat with all cabins having a queen bed or
2 full twin beds. Cabins have a large window and plenty of storage; each
has a flat screen and DVD player.

The dive stations and dive deck are easy to get around even with a full
boat. Diving on the atolls is fairly laid back with out & back dives
along a wall. Very little current and decent viz.

Encountered the usual Caribbean critters: hawksbill turtles, groupers, a
few eagle rays, lots of eels, shrimp, crab, and had some good luck finding
the spotted toadfish (so ugly they're almost cute). Also, plenty of
barracuda and decent sized schools of jacks under the boat.

Like other places in the Caribbean, the reef fish these atolls are being
negatively affected by the growing presence of lionfish, which we
encountered on essentially every dive.

The crew was very friendly and helpful, as usual for an Aggressor/Dancer
boat. I do feel that the variety and quality of the food served on the boat
has declined. 
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