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

July, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Stephen Kouri, WA, US
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 5575
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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