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Dive Review of Sun Dancer II in
Belize/Lighthouse Reef

December, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by John, md, USA
Report Number 302
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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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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