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Dive Review of Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II in
Belize

November, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by David McDougall, CA, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 5322
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Scotland, Hawaii, Tahiti, Costa Rica, Seychelles, Kenya, Wakatobi, Various
Caribbean destinations
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
calm, choppy, no currents  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
The only time that times and depths were enforced was on the Blue Hole
Dive.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
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
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
There were 2 camera tables which could be a little crowded if everyone was
using cameras. There was compressed air at both tables and towels available
to dry equipment off. There were also 2 rinse tanks designated for cameras
only. There was limited space for chargers but did have 110 and 240 volt
available. Overall I was very happy with the setup for photography. Crew
were helpful if trying to fix any issues and had a good selection of tools
and equipment for repairs.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Crew: The crew were excellent, extremely helpful and attentive. The dive
staff were very knowledgeable and the dive briefings detailed and
informative. The only slight negative was that none of the dive masters
were particularly good at finding the rare and strange fish/critters.

Food: Was excellent, they catered well for us strange vegetarian types,
always producing something new for us each meal. Alcoholic drinks were
included and they even had the local brew, Belikin, on draft.

Boat: The boat was well laid out and the rooms were comfortable. Some
maintenance is required though, door hinges on cupboards were loose, which
was reported early on but was never fixed. The showers were always hot and
never ran out of hot water, our bathrooms was small but perfectly adequate.
After dive showers on the dive deck were toasty and the towels warm and
kept in an insulated box to keep them that way. The lounge area had a large
flat screen TV with dvd player and a large selection of dvd's to choose
from.

Diving: Nitrox was available at an additional cost. The corals were in
reasonable shape and the fish life fairly abundant. There are still a
decent amount of larger sized fish, groupers, jacks, barracuda, tarpon,
rays (southern stingray and spotted eagle) and some sharks (nurse, grey
reef). On the critter side it was a little disappointing, no seahorse or
frogfish or anything unusual really. The Blue Hole dive was a bit of ho hum
affair, very little life and not that interesting, several divers who had
been before didn't bother to dive, not sure I would either :-) The number
of Lionfish spotted were quite significant and some divemasters carried
spears to kill this non indigenous predator.

Overall: I would recommend this outfit and will certainly be diving with
Peter Hughes in the future.
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