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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Sun Dancer II in
Belize

June, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by John DeBonis, Va, USA
Report Number 1177
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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