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Dive Review of Hustler/San Pedro in
Belize/San Pedro

Hustler/San Pedro, May, 2006,

by Jean Starkey, MT, USA . Report 2510.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving My husband and I have dived in Belize (Placencia and Hopkins) before. We have also dived from Green Turtle Cay, Grand Turk and Salt Cay
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 15 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Once in the water we were told to go to 15 feet or, if
comfortable, go to 40 feet and wait for the divemaster. Since neither of us left the surface, I don't know of any other limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments We were booked in with this dive operation in combination with our accommodation and so did not have a choice. Hustler was an accident waiting to happen. Our party had three experienced divers plus two who had only just completed open water certification for whom this would be their first "real" dive. The rental equipment was old and malfunctional. The operation wanted one beginner to use a free flowing regulator, then to use the secondary instead. We protested and she got a different setup. Once in the water, this one leaked air into the BCD continuously. A member of another party had a sticky air guage which suddenly went from 1500 to zero at depth, and she was out of air!. The weather was too rough for only one divemaster considering the inexperienced divers .. seas of 3 to 5 feet at the dive site. We rolled off at the back of the boat and were told to swim to the mooring line and hold it untill we could go down. Most of us got tired of being slammed up and down 5 feet by the mooring line and either made it back to the boat or submerged enough to get out of the wave action. The latter people did a short dive minus divemaster who was too busy helping the rest get back in the boat. Those in the boat got sea sick quite quicky, and all of us were very thankful to get back to land in one piece. Our party refused to dive with this operation again, and dived with Ecologic Divers and Amigos del Mar who were both fantastic. We all dived the Great Blue Hole on the last dive day which made up for our dreadful start. Turns out Hustler was in the process of being sold. All I can say is "sell it quickly before someone gets hurt or worse"
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