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Dive Review of Peter Hughes - Sun Dancer II in
Belize

December, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Darren Sieck, IL, USA
Report Number 3111
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Chuuk(Truk), Cozumel, Hawaii 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
rainy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational limits recommended but not enforced: no deeper then 130 &
stay within NDL. No diving past current certifications.   
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
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
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
We arrived in Belize City, Belize via Continental from Houston. PH staff
greeted us outside the airport and had a cool bottle of water for us. After
a brief check on other arriving passengers, we were shuttled via an air
conditioned van to the SunDancers IIs Pier. The ride from the airport to
the pier takes approximately 20 minutes and we were handed cool towels to
freshen up during the ride. 

Upon arrival our luggage was brought to the boat by PH staff and we were
given a cold drink and asked to finalize some paperwork. With all
passengers on board we were given the most detailed safety orientation that
I had even experienced on a live-a-board. Safety is paramount aboard this
boat.

Rooms - We were in stateroom #5 located midships on the port side. The room
was spacious, clean and quiet. We also had a private bath, with full size
head, and good size shower for a marine installation. Noteworthy are the
large picture windows in the deluxe staterooms. Our rooms were kept clean
by the very capable and pleasant staff. Beds were turned down nightly and
treat left on our pillows.

Food  Carlos was our chef and I believe he did an excellent job
accommodating our dietary needs. Not being big fans of chicken we were
served an alternate option instead of a poultry meal. Breakfast was cooked
with eggs to order with different breads available, and choices of other
side dishes such as bacon or sausage. There is also a large continental
breakfast set out every morning along with the hot breakfast. Lunches and
snacks were great. We had a lot of homemade breads during the trip. Dinners
are excellent and served in courses. Usually a soup then salad, followed by
the entrée, coffee, and dessert. We were always ordered two choices
for the entrée. There is a soda machine with 5 or 6 choices, bottled
beer, water, and several kinds of juices. We also had ice tea and lemonade
available at all times. Liquor is included, bottled beer is available,
wine, and even draft beer. The draft beer is a local Belizean brew that
uses a German brewmeister recipe.

Diving  Some of the healthiest reef and walls that I have seen in the
Caribbean. Monster sponges and lots of healthy sea fans. A few turtles and
small sharks were seen. We saw lots of Jacks, Tuna, Tarpon, and plenty of
reef fish. Diving is relatively shallow unless you decide to spend time on
the walls. In my opinion the best of the dives are done on the walls. The
SunDancer II dive deck is large and well organized. It has two warm water
showers that feel great post dive. Dive briefings were very through.

Crew  I cannot say enough good things about the crew. The Captain did a
great job all week and is an excellent captain. All of the support staff
have great attitudes and are a joy to be around. They did an excellent job
and have no complaints.

Summary  I would definitely go back. The SunDancer II is probably one of
the largest and most nicely appointed live-a-boards. The crew did a great
job, diving was good, and all the Peter Hughes touches made for a nice
relaxing trip.
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