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

December, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Ken, ON, CA
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
PNG, Hawaii, T&C, Bonaire, Roatan, Caymans, Bequia, Dominica, 
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, cloudy, dry  
Seas
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
no deco, no solo, 500psi on the boat, they did not set a time limit on
dives, can only dive during the appointed (5) time slots  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
2 multi level tables, 2 camera only rinse tanks, outlets on charging
station on dive deck hard to access, extra charging outlets available in
salon, crew handled cameras very carefully
boat had several s&s dx2g cameras with single strobe available for rent
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
This is a repeat trip for us. Boat, crew & sites remain great. Still a
goto destination for us (along with Divi in Bonaire and the T&C
Explorer).

With aggressor, the boat remained at Half Moon & Long caye all week.
Captin claims these are the best dive sites. There was a constant stream of
day boat traffic coming out to the cayes every day. The crew indicated
transit time of up to 2 hours each way for the day boats. This makes me
wonder about the relative quality of the other "resort local"
dive sites. Weather was calm enough to go to blue hole - first time in 5
weeks. The liveaboards need the wind to be just right or they can not moor
without swinging onto the reef.

Dive sites around HM & L caye in good shape (no coral bleaching).
Profile of most dives are very similar, a wall as deep as you wanted with
reef top around 50 to 40' and sand chutes starting from 70' leading to 25'
sand shallows nearer the shore. half moon caye sites had sand shallows with
turtle grass, long caye sites generally had coral shallows with a few sand
channels. Shallows under the boat meant no concerns with being restricted
by NDLs as you can normally do the last half of your dive in relatively
shallow depths (40 to 25'). Last 2 friday morning dives done off Turneffe
were disappointing. Lower viz on a gently sloping bottom. less fish life.

Lots of macro critters. Most dives had a turtle sighting. A few eagle rays.
A couple reef & nurse sharks. Handfull of morays. Not many large fish,
but we always saw a few extremely friendly groupers or barracuda - likely
due to the dive masters feeding them lionfish. DM asked topside each dive
if it was okay to hunt lionfish. Night dives always produced a large number
of basket stars on the wall edge, but little to no large crabs or lobsters.
Lots of neck crabs.

5 dive slots, 2 dive sites each day - with no restriction on dive duration.
2 morning dives on first site, boat moved during lunch, then 2 afternoon
dives, dinner and night dive on the second site. Boat always moved to a
night mooring midway between the 2 cayes each night. Nitrox available, but
not really needed for NDL issues. There was always a DM in the water for
each dive. Many divers stayed with the DM, a few couples buddy dived
independent of the larger group. Lack of current allowed you to go either
direction on wall so we generally never saw other divers as every one
spread out randomly. Lack of wind also meant the boat did not swing as much
as usual on its mooring. Made for boring rides on the hang bar. Some divers
luggage was 2 days late - the crew made sure they had substitute gear so
they could dive.

Dive deck is split in middle by stairs to salon and in general was mirrored
on each side of the boat with 2 of everything. Each diver had lots of under
bench storage bin for fins, booties mask etc. Things can be tight if every
one tries to gear up at the same time. Separate sets of mask & suit
rinse tanks along with 2 on deck open air showers at back of boat. Plenty
of hot water to rinse off, soap available as well. Individually numbered
towels where kept warm from dryer in an insulated tub by the showers. You
did not share (or exchange) your deck towel with another guest.

Boat was almost full with 19 of 20 possible divers. 17 were first time
liveaboarders. The group integrated well with no night owls. Not a party
boat. A few young couples in their 30's with the majority of the boat being
over 50. When we came up from our first night dive, the rest of the boat
had already retired for the night. Was it something I said? No one did
every dive available, but we generally had 6 to 10 night divers each day.
The night dive is normally done after dinner. Except on thursday night it
was swapped with dinner so that the boat could head to turneffe sooner.
This allowed us to finally have a glass (or 2) of wine with our meal. We
stuck to 4 dives a day: 21 dives, 23 hours bottom time for the week.

Captain Eddy was relaxed and the crew had a lot of fun with the guests.
Chef Jerry's food continues to delight & surprise - he made a carrot
soup one night which had a touch of orange juice to liven it up! Elia's
smile continues to brighten your week. Fresh cooked snacks after each dive.
All drinks included. They give you a cd with photos, a video is available
for purchase.

The new to us thing (which we found a little odd) was a policy for the crew
to help you on and off with your fins. This was not a bad thing, but it
also was not good for us. They claimed it was to speed up entry & exit
but it actually slowed us down. By mid week we convinced them to abandon
this policy for us, especially on the night dives. On the first few night
dives we noticed a lonely DM hanging out near the hang bar waiting for us
to finish our dive so they could take our fins off.
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