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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Sun Dancer in
Belize/Atolls

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Gary Nagel, WI, USA
Report Number 2794
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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