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Dive Review of Sun Dancer II in
Belize

May, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, ny, us
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 4370
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, PNG, Fiji, Palau, Hawaii, Australia, Fernando de Noronha
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Under boat with 500 psi  
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
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 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
Big table w compressed air, big camera+computer-only rinse tanks
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
Our fifth Peter Hughes Belize charter in 12 years.  Amazingly, the crew
maintains good humor and pleasant demeanor despite doing the same thing
almost every week . . . and thats the secret to their success.  The PHD
website no longer shows the crew . . . but the limitlessly experienced
relief captain Jerry ran a good ship.
Trip is 1st night [Sat.] out to the reefs, dive 5+ days, motor back to
Belize City on Fri.  Well organized operation but with the onerous and
offensive "waivers" (intended to convince you, "We are never
liable for death and other side-effects.")  The diving is as good as
ever.  Two in the morning, two in the afternoon, one after dinner, every
day, no chiseling; 2 early on Friday; we skipped Blue Hole, so had total of
26, average bottom time 55 min.  Most of the diving is around Lighthouse
Reef.  All Nitrox 32 if you're certified; if you aren't you can do it
without missing a dive.  Few large fish (I expect they have all been eaten)
but excellent small fish & invertebrates.  The walls & corals are
as spectacular as ever.
We had air-conditioning trouble three times.  Twice the boat A/C went down
and was restored reasonably quickly when (and only when) we complained. 
The 3d time was on Friday headed back.  Our cabin (and some others)
temperature got up to 91 and stayed there (measured by our dive computers)
until nearly midnight, while we were trying to pack for the trip home.  The
crew response (several times) was variations on, "Yeah, it's hot in
here.  But it's not malfunctioning."  Made for a really miserable (and
unnecessary) end to a super trip.  
Transfers are very smooth . . . Rudy the cab driver is still the mainstay
in Belize.  We went on a good USAir connection through Charlotte but it has
been eliminated so the next trip will be through a less desirable gateway,
Atlanta or (ewwww) Miami.
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