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Dive Review of Peter Hughes - Sun Dancer II in
Belize

Peter Hughes - Sun Dancer II, Dec, 2006,

by Darren Sieck, IL, USA . Report 3111.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, Chuuk(Truk), Cozumel, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational limits recommended but not enforced: no deeper then 130 & stay within NDL. No diving past current certifications.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We arrived in Belize City, Belize via Continental from Houston. PH staff greeted us outside the airport and had a cool bottle of water for us. After a brief check on other arriving passengers, we were shuttled via an air conditioned van to the SunDancers IIs Pier. The ride from the airport to the pier takes approximately 20 minutes and we were handed cool towels to freshen up during the ride.

Upon arrival our luggage was brought to the boat by PH staff and we were given a cold drink and asked to finalize some paperwork. With all passengers on board we were given the most detailed safety orientation that I had even experienced on a live-a-board. Safety is paramount aboard this boat.

Rooms - We were in stateroom #5 located midships on the port side. The room was spacious, clean and quiet. We also had a private bath, with full size head, and good size shower for a marine installation. Noteworthy are the large picture windows in the deluxe staterooms. Our rooms were kept clean by the very capable and pleasant staff. Beds were turned down nightly and treat left on our pillows.

Food Carlos was our chef and I believe he did an excellent job accommodating our dietary needs. Not being big fans of chicken we were served an alternate option instead of a poultry meal. Breakfast was cooked with eggs to order with different breads available, and choices of other side dishes such as bacon or sausage. There is also a large continental breakfast set out every morning along with the hot breakfast. Lunches and snacks were great. We had a lot of homemade breads during the trip. Dinners are excellent and served in courses. Usually a soup then salad, followed by the entrée, coffee, and dessert. We were always ordered two choices for the entrée. There is a soda machine with 5 or 6 choices, bottled beer, water, and several kinds of juices. We also had ice tea and lemonade available at all times. Liquor is included, bottled beer is available, wine, and even draft beer. The draft beer is a local Belizean brew that uses a German brewmeister recipe.

Diving Some of the healthiest reef and walls that I have seen in the Caribbean. Monster sponges and lots of healthy sea fans. A few turtles and small sharks were seen. We saw lots of Jacks, Tuna, Tarpon, and plenty of reef fish. Diving is relatively shallow unless you decide to spend time on the walls. In my opinion the best of the dives are done on the walls. The SunDancer II dive deck is large and well organized. It has two warm water showers that feel great post dive. Dive briefings were very through.

Crew I cannot say enough good things about the crew. The Captain did a great job all week and is an excellent captain. All of the support staff have great attitudes and are a joy to be around. They did an excellent job and have no complaints.

Summary I would definitely go back. The SunDancer II is probably one of the largest and most nicely appointed live-a-boards. The crew did a great job, diving was good, and all the Peter Hughes touches made for a nice relaxing trip.
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