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

Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II, Jul, 2010,

by Stephen Kouri, WA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports). Report 5575.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Hawaii, Fiji, Little Cayman, Cozumel, Maui
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 ft (Air) - Nitrox Based Upon % (MOD)
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 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
UW Photo Comments We are not photographers, but there were several advanced photographers on the boat and they seemed happy with the digital editing resources, camera table and crew assistance.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Belize diving from the Sundancer II is generally pretty easy, but its important to keep in mind a couple of things before you choose this destination.

1. Perhaps due to the time of year (July) visibility was fair at best. It can be difficult to find the boat even though you could hear it due to limited visibility. Brush up on your navigation.

2. There are dive masters in the water, but the ratio of divers to dive masters is high. We had 19 divers and my wife and I dove our own profile, but at times the dive master had a large pack of divers following them around. You will probably have the best experience diving independently.

3. If you have never dove below 100 ft the Blue Hole is good learning experience and relatively easy.

4. Belize is an easy trip from the midwest or west coast. They speak English and the US$ is welcome everywhere. But Belize City is a dump -- skip it entirely. If you want to see more of Belize, go upcountry or to the outer islands.

The Sundancer II crew and the organization of the dive deck were excellent. Special recognition to Eddie for helping a diver back to the boat during the Blue Hole dive. Overall we would highly recommend the liveaboard experience, and are looking forward to diving with the Hughes organization in other locales.
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