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Dive Review of Aggressor Fleet/Sun Dancer II in
Belize

Aggressor Fleet/Sun Dancer II: "Had a great time.", Sep, 2016,

by Wayne McNab, TX, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9176 has 1 Helpful vote.

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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments A hurricane in August damaged the reef and stirred visibility up somewhat so the conditions were not great. However, the numerous encounters with reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, and turtles made up for it. Not as many reef fish as I remember from my first trip 16 years ago and too many Lion Fish on each dive.
Due to prevailing conditions we didn't get to dive the 'good side' often, but when we did the visibility increased and so did the encounters with sharks and eagle rays. However, I did see broken barrel sponges, sea fans on their sides, and some areas sprinkled by sand on a few dives.
The Blue Hole hasn't changed. It's blue. It's a hole. I dove it anyway and enjoyed every minute. We only spent an hour on the Booby Bird Caye (after Blue Hole dive) due to hurricane damage and ongoing treatment for rodents.
The Sundancer II (soon to be Belize Aggressor IV) is a great boat with plenty of room. The boat has twin beds instead of bunk beds, large windows, and lots of room inside and outside to relax. Several of the rooms had issues with air conditioning but the crew worked to resolve those problems. The food was good and plentiful with great snacks between dives. The entire crew was friendly, helpful, and competent.
The dive deck was great, with hot showers, camera tables, and rinse tanks on each side. Nitrox was consistent with 32%-33% for the week. Warm towels after each dive and hot toddies after night dives capped it off.
The pier that the boat ties too in Belize was damaged during the recent hurricane. The only thing left is the pilings, so we were loaded onto another boat to embark and disembark the boat. There were no side trips available on the last Friday due to the logistics of leaving the boat. We were told it might take two years for the pier to be repaired.
I'd recommend this trip for anyone who hasn't been before.

Websites Aggressor Fleet   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Belize, Cayman, Cozumel, Cuba, Flower Gardens, Fiji, Gulf Rigs, Oahu, Kauai, Red Sea, Roatan, Utila
Closest Airport Belize Getting There Two hour flight from Houston.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 84-86°F / 29-30°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20-80 Ft/ 6-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive with buddy, 100' limit, return with 500 psi
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments One camera table, charging station, and rinse tank for each side of the dive deck was really nice.
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