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Dive Review of Sun Dancer II in
Belize

Sun Dancer II, May, 2008,

by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, ny, us (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 4370.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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