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Dive Review of Sun Dancer II in
Belize

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, us
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports)
Report Number 460
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Virgin Islands, Palau, PNG, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay within your computer  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
1 or 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The weeks diving is five days plus 3 hours on Friday morning.  One could
do 26 dives.  Usually the two morning dives are at one site, two afternoon
and one night dives at another.  Excellent walls, bommies and channels;
minimal current.   Peter Hughes comfort and amenities continue . . . hot
chocolate (with Irish Cream, if you like) after the night dive!  Meats and
vegs are fresh and varied.  The cooking is spicier and greasier than we
like, and can cause discomfort when diving right after meals, as in the
night dive after dinner.  This is one of several reasons we prefer dinner
after the night dive.  (Our introduction to liveaboard cooking, years ago
and also on a Peter Hughes boat, was the legendary Sylvia, a Belizean who
told us there are cooking tricks which minimize gas and discomfort while
diving.)  Desserts and snacks were excellent.  Somehow, the crew maintains
their enthusiasm while taking excellent care of week after week of divers. 
A few times, one of us skipped a dive and there was always a crew member on
the dive who was ready for a buddy.  The passengers were pretty tame and we
didnt see anyone pushing the limits.  Nitrox 32 is $150/diver/week (no
credit for the air you didnt use!) and fills were between 3100 and 3300
psi.  A fire drill put the passengers in lifejackets on the top deck:  . .
. we let the water level reach the deck then launch the rafts.  We went
below after the drill, which may have been shorter than usual, and found
fire hoses all over and the crew deployed in fire suits with independent
air supplies.  There are now excellent connections through Texas and
Charlotte to Belize  a Miami transfer is no longer the price of visiting
Belize.  The Fort George Radisson Hotel (where the boat docks) is a
reasonable place to spend an extra day or two in comfort.
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