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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Sun Dancer II in
Belize

Peter Hughes Sun Dancer II, Jun, 2003,

by John DeBonis, Va, USA . Report 1177.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving North Carolina wrecks, St Lawerence Seaway, Cenotes of Mexico, Outer Banks North Carolina
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 82 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Buddy diving was encouraged.You could dive your own profile only limit was your computer.They liked you to return to the boat with 500psi or more.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Exclusive tank on-board for the cameras along with compressed air.Ample space for set-up and maintenance of camera

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was my first live-a-board experience and I found it to be overall a good one. Things ran smoothly from the pick-up at the airport to the drop off at the end of the week. The boat was in good condition with the rooms being kept clean and beds made daily throug-out the week. I found plenty of room on-board to move about during surface intervals.The meals were varied and the food was very good. Breakfst and dinner were served by the crew with lunch being buffet style. Breakfst was cooked to order and on two nights we were given a choice of what we would like for dinner. My only complaint as far as food was that there were no dives prior to breakfast and the night dive was after dinner. Wine was served at dinner each night so if you were diving,you could not partake. The diving was varied. This was my first trip to Belize and tropical diving. On my first few dives I found the creatures to be exciting and stunningly beautiful,but by the end of the week I felt like I had seen them all and was ready to move on.I really can not say as to the condition of the reefs but in my opinion the coral appeared healthy and life around them abundant. I found myself getting bored with the diving by the middle of the week but changed dive buddies and was introduced to a whole different world of diving,taking time to slow down and take a closer look at he macro life.The crew were friendly and helpful when asked for assistance but I observed that they did not go out of their way to do anything extra for the folks on the boat(I asked several others their opinion on this and recieved the same responses) Safety on the boat was good with a fire drill being done by us all and a nightly watch posted. I would definitely go on another Peter Hughes boat although I can't say that I would return to Belize
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