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Dive Review of Sun Dancer in
Belize

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Marilyn Sorrell, FL, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4533
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Papua New Guinea, Florida, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Caymans,
Venezuela, Hawaii.  Eleven liveaboards.
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy, surge, currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow the dive master, which was difficult due to visibility and short
fills in tanks.  
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
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Great camera table and rinse tanks.  Clean towels always available.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
2 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
Beginners
1 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The cabins in the forward part of the boat are double beds, and cost more. 
However, because of the narrower location, the cabins are actually smaller
than the twin bed ones.  Even couples might want the extra space of a twin
bed cabin.  Biggest problem: it was the captain's last week with Peter
Hughes, his girlfriend had just broken up with him (which he couldn't shut
up about!), and his attitude with the bad weather was: oh well, we'll just
stay in the one spot for the entire time, instead of trying to find better
diving.  This is the second time this has happened to us.  The first time,
on the Kona Agressor three years ago, three of the dive crew were moving on
and it was their last week.  Anyone who has ever worked, knows that when
someone is moving on, their attitude becomes: who cares?  Unfortunately,
when making reservations months ahead, no one knows what the crew situation
will be.  However, for someone as important as the captain, the owner of
the boat should have the replacement there as soon as possible, and
hopefully, overlapping weeks with the departing captain.  We also had a
problem with short tank fills.  For those of us who use more air, following
the dive master was out of the question.  We had a very difficult time
trying to locate the boat due to extreme weather conditions and poor viz. 
We tried several times to make the dive crew understand this, and we
weren't the only ones complaining.  However, the rest of the crew besides
the captain really did appear to be trying as best as they could without
leadership.  The meals were excellent, and everyone was very friendly. 
Regarding diving, this was my second trip to Belize, but the first was 14
years ago.  Coral bleaching now is very evident, and I thought fish life
was sparse.  Small critters were difficult to find. Most of the diving was
over 50 to 60 feet.  Due to the bad weather (which we do understand is out
of the control of the crew), night dives were out of the question.
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