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Dive Review of Hamanasi/Jaguar Reef Lodge in
Belize/Hopkins Town

Hamanasi/Jaguar Reef Lodge, Apr, 2014,

by Jeff Robertson, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7719.

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 3 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Hamanasi Dive is one of two reliable dive ops we found in Hopkins. They have a nice shop, two 45 foot Newtons and a well trained and capable staff. They run 2 tank day trips to the barrier reef, which is a comfortable 30-45 minute boat ride. Surface intervals are done on nearby Salt Caye with drinks and snacks provided. They also run longer 3 tank trips to the Blue Hole, Turneffe Islands or Glover's Reef when demand dictates or for those staying at the Hamanasi Resort with reservations made in advance. Boat priorities are given to Hamanasi guests. If you are not staying there, you can get on a wait list to be notified by 6:00 pm the night before. My dive buddy and I had no problems getting on a boat during our time there.

The diving was fair to good. Diver pressure was not significantly evident on the reefs. The corals were healthy and there were plenty of reef fish and critters. Not much big stuff. A few turtles, one to several eagle rays on almost every dive, nurse sharks and of course - lion fish. The DMs carried spears. The lion fish seem to be learning to avoid divers by hiding in crevices, overhangs and sponges. Hamanasi planned to put lion fish on the menu one night and a DM specifically hunting for them got 19 on one dive.

We had a nice time in Hopkins with our non-diving spouses. It's a pretty quiet place. Easy day trips to the southern barrier reef with a late lunch or dinner in town or at the Curve Bar near the marina.
Websites Hamanasi   Jaguar Reef Lodge

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Australia East Coast, Bonaire, Belize, Bimini, Cozumel, Curacao, St. Vincent, British Virgin Islands, Nassau, the Grenadines, Exuma Cays, Florida Keys, U.S. Pacific Coast, Turks and Caicos Islands, Taveuni, Beqa, Ovalau, Gau islands and the Yasawa Group in Fiji, Vavau group Tonga, Niue, etc.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 76-80°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay with the group, dive your own profile, 60 minutes max, come up with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments UWP facilities what you'd expect on a day boat. Pretty much limited to a dedicated rinse bucket.
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