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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Sun Dancer II in

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Garrison, Kansas, USA
Report Number 1001
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Truk Lagoon, Yap, Grand Turk, Bonaire, Cozumel, Bahamas, Cayman Brak,
Roatan, Key West, Marathon, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Very supportive for U/W photograp[hy.  Sepasrate photo tables, separate
rinse tanks, advisory and instruction available. Crew produced a digital CD
for all of us of the dive, both sirface and W/W photos plus music.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Peter Hughes runs a quality shop, at least with the SunDancer II.  This is
an excellent operation.  You dive your own profile or you can team with
their crew. Nitrox for all dives except the Blue Hole (160 ft) Excellent
ship, good size, spacous cabins, excellent food (wine with dinner)and
overall a class operation.  This is my second live-a-board and both have
been outstanding. You are greeted by the captain upon arrival and it only
gets better from there on.  John and Vlad are excellent dive masters, the
crew takes excellent care of you, cabins are clean, spacous, and if you
don't leave the SunDancer II with an excellent dive experience there must
be something wrong with you.  I would not hesitate to return to a Peter
Hughes operation in the future. Perhaps the only criticism.  I chose a
live-a-board for Belize because the dive sites are so spread out. 
Unfortunately we only dove Turneffe and Lighthouse Key.  Apparently the
local agreements prevent diving Ambergris and the other localities of
Belize, so our dive sites were limited.  That was disappointing.  We also
toured the local museum that gave us a great picture of the local culture. 
The Belize Zoo is a must, it is in the jungle where the animals are in
their natural habitat.  Plenty of time to do this on the last day before
the afternoon flights.
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