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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Sun Dancer in
Belize/Atolls

Peter Hughes Sun Dancer, Jul, 2006,

by Gary Nagel, WI, USA . Report 2794.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Coacos Island, Florida Keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy, cloudy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with buddy, recreational limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Rinse tanks for Cameras only, dule camera tables on each side of the dive deck . Batteries could be charged on the dive deck or in the salon. If you want to charge batteries in your cabin, bring a power strip with a circut breaker.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments If and when I dive here again, it will be earlier in the year. Tropical depressions start in Mid-June and can suspend silt in the water cutting down the visibility. In these conditions a strobe is an absolute must. Lots and lots of back scatter without one.

If you dive nitrox, only EAN 32 is available. They do have 2 analizers which was a help since there were a lot of EAN divers and several who completed nitrox training.

The "Dancer" and the Belize "Aggressor" do the same itinerary. They are seldom out of sight of each other. Although the "Dancer" is slightly larger, the "Aggressor" will get you to the same sites. Everyone refered to the Aggressor as the 'party boat". Maybe I'll try that one next time.

We had cabin #3. It's on the same level as the dive deck and far forward of the engine room. It has a large window with a drop down shade and gave us some great views. This is a quiet comfortable room with enough storage and closet space for all your stuff. The room and private head were kept clean and orderly by the staff.

The crew for the great part was super especially the engineer. The food was mostly good but not gourmet. Beware of eating uncooked foods such as salads. Several guests missed dives because intestinal difficulties. I pack my favorite tequila and I wish I'd have brought some vodka as well. They only had 1/2/bottle of vodka which was gone by mid-week. It's hard to make the girl freind a vodka martini with out the vodka. This is priced as a luxury vacation and excuses just won't do!

For the most part, this was a great trip except for one crew member. He was refered to as the camera pro. I never saw any pictures that he took. He never did any presentation and it's not like he didn't have the opportunity. His attitude was poor and he had no sence of humor. It seemed like he got in the way quite a bit on the camera tables. He should do everyone a favor and get a job changing oil at a gas station. Jerk is to kind when it comes to discriptions.

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