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Dive Review of HAMANASI in
Belize

HAMANASI, Apr, 2005,

by ERNIE PLOURDE, CT, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 9 reports). Report 1675.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]FIJI, TRUK, CAYMAN, TAHITI, ST. LUCIA, ETC.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]We could dive our own profile, dive guides were there, but didn't restrict our dive.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks > 2
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]Basically none, rinse tank was a cooler, which couldn't fit my video camera, had to keep it on my lap or the seat next to me.No UWP facility on shore other than your room.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]The reef was relatively healthy, dive operation was run by Karon from South Africa, who personally trained all dive guides and Dive Masters.This included goals and a missionary statement!A tight ship as they say.I did 4 whale shark dives (a $85 upgrade)didn't see anything until the last dive, then we saw 7!!! You have to get the last slot at 3:30, that's when they feed. It's a 1 1/2 hour boat ride.On one of the reef dives we saw 2 Spotted Eagle Ray's,10 ft.across!Most of the good dives are upgrades. Food was good, but skip the fish, needed Cipro, Pepto and Immodium!We did not have a bug free air conditioned dining area. You MUST spray a Deet solution after showering, don't even think of going outside until you do,and any area you don't spray will be bit. Had to use a rental pressure guage and was told I would be charged for the reg. as well, but by week end, the charge was 0.One of the owners, Dana,seemed to always be available, with a gorgeous smile and intelligent conversation.There were many activities for non-divers as well.Staff always at your service.
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