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Dive Review of Peter Hughes Sun Dancer II in
Belize

Peter Hughes Sun Dancer II, Feb, 2004,

by Mike Garrison, Kansas, USA . Report 1001.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Truk Lagoon, Yap, Grand Turk, Bonaire, Cozumel, Bahamas, Cayman Brak, Roatan, Key West, Marathon,
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 1 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Very supportive for U/W photograp[hy. Sepasrate photo tables, separate rinse tanks, advisory and instruction available. Crew produced a digital CD for all of us of the dive, both sirface and W/W photos plus music.

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 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Peter Hughes runs a quality shop, at least with the SunDancer II. This is an excellent operation. You dive your own profile or you can team with their crew. Nitrox for all dives except the Blue Hole (160 ft) Excellent ship, good size, spacous cabins, excellent food (wine with dinner)and overall a class operation. This is my second live-a-board and both have been outstanding. You are greeted by the captain upon arrival and it only gets better from there on. John and Vlad are excellent dive masters, the crew takes excellent care of you, cabins are clean, spacous, and if you don't leave the SunDancer II with an excellent dive experience there must be something wrong with you. I would not hesitate to return to a Peter Hughes operation in the future. Perhaps the only criticism. I chose a live-a-board for Belize because the dive sites are so spread out. Unfortunately we only dove Turneffe and Lighthouse Key. Apparently the local agreements prevent diving Ambergris and the other localities of Belize, so our dive sites were limited. That was disappointing. We also toured the local museum that gave us a great picture of the local culture. The Belize Zoo is a must, it is in the jungle where the animals are in their natural habitat. Plenty of time to do this on the last day before the afternoon flights.
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