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Dive Review of Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort in
Belize/Hopkins

Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, Jun, 2011,

by Sue Sepelak, MD, US ( 2 reports). Report 6321.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Red Sea; Malaysia; Thailand; Haiti; Puerto Rico; Fiji; Galapagos; Bonaire; Curacao; Sea of Cortez; Cozumel; North Carolina; Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 80 to 85 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time and air limits; no limit on depth
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Dive boat had a marked water container for cameras. The boat crew failed to instruct the divers that the container was only for cameras and not masks. Therefore, masks were rinsed in the camera container until someone informed the crew what was going on. They assumed everyone knew boat etiquette.

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 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling 4 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Hamanasi Resort was a great resort. Beautiful accomodations; great food; and excellent customer service. The resort offered a number of activities in addition to diving including kayaking; jungle trecking; cave tubing. The week we were there was quite windy and the seas very choppy. Shoes/sandals were not allowed on the dive boats which made for unsafe, slippery conditions.

The reefs near the resort (about a 20-30 minute boat ride) were healthy and had good fish life, although not a lot of large fish. Schools of eagle rays were bountiful. The resort offered a 3-tank boat dive to the reefs farther offshore (about an hour boat ride) such as Turneffe Caye, but those did not have anything more to offer than the reefs closer in. Snorkeling was a good bet - also by boat to the nearby reefs. A guide accompanied the snorkelers. They saw a good variety of fish including nurse sharks, rays, tropicals.
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