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Dive Review of Sun Dancer II in
Belize/Lighthouse Reef

Sun Dancer II, Dec, 2002,

by John, md, USA . Report 302.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Aruba, Bahamas, Cayman, Costa Rica, Komodo, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Sulawesi
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge, noCurrents
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 5 dives/day max. Only 32% nitrox.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments 2 camera-only rinse tanks. 2 multilevel carpeted camera tables. Designated recharging station.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Great boat, great service (despite them being short too crew that week). Thought I would not like the more "organized" Peter Hughes approach after
being spoiled by smaller, Indo-Pacific live-aboards, but it was a very well-run and service-oriented operation. Contrary to other reports on Peter Hughes, gratuity was never mentioned (not once). Warm towel and shoulder rub was there after every dive (even tried to duck it a few times -- no luck). Fantastic cook! I wanted to just steal the seafood gumbo all for myself one day at lunch.
Diving pleasant, but unexceptional. Possibly the bad weather we had for most of the week cut down on the number of pelagics, but the coral was significantly less healthy than when we were in Belize exactly three years previously. Very limited critter population, too. Previous trip, I greatly preferred Glover's Reef to Lighthouse (the Nekton Pilot did both, as well as Gladden Spit & Sapodilla Cays), but the SDII shuttled back and forth between the same
two walls on Lighthouse all week. Shore excursion to Half Moon Cay for boobies and frigates very worthwhile, though our picnic got rained out. No trip to Blue Hole this week also, do to high winds, but that was fine with us. Would do it again when I can't face multi-time-zone travel, but otherwise, Indo-Pacific here we come (back). Highly recommend Chaa Creek Lodge in San Ignacio for landside adventure. You can even use your housed video if you go on the Actun Tunichil Maknal cave expedition.
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