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Dive Review of Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II in
Belize

Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II: "Belize Dancer - great as usual", Dec, 2014,

by Ken, ON, CA (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 8088 has 2 Helpful votes.

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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 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The good:
This was a return trip to the Sun Dancer and it continues to provide great service and relaxed diving. The crew have been on the boat for many years now. They have escalated the "fintastic" service (they don & doff your fins for you) and now also provide wetsuit hangup service after each dive.

The op provides 5 dives a day (except on blue hole day, when 4 are available). Standard day is: breakfast, dive, snack, dive, lunch, dive, snack, dive, supper, dive, sleep. The first dive starts at 8am, last dive starts at 7:30pm. This allows lots of surface interval during the day. 2 dives are available friday morning. Each diver gets a dedicated dive deck towel for the week that is looked after by the crew.

Jerry was in the galley and provided an excellent array of well prepared food throughout the week. Breakfast is either make it yourself continental (cereals, bagels, fruit, yogurt)or a different "cooked to order" offering each day. Lunch is a self serve buffet with 2 options for the mains along with soup and / or salad. Supper is a 4 course sit down service also with 2 options for the main. They handled dietary restrictions (i saw a bowl of tofu something for one of the picky eaters.)

One of the divers had their luggage left behind in Miami. The crew fitted her with gear (at no charge) for 2 days until her bag caught up with the boat.

The Radisson hotel continues to offer its services to the divers before and after the trip. Free wifi and pool access. We got a few free beers on Friday afternoon since the waitress realized that the service was way too slow.

The New:
No more hard liquor supplied by the boat. They had both inexpensive red and white wine as well as Belikin beer on tap included in the price.

On Saturday morning they now bunch all divers together (with the aggressor) on a single bus heading to the airport at 8:30ish. Prior trips they would have 2 or 3 different time slots for the airport shuttle.

The Bad:
The boat was late departing dock at the start of the trip due to suspected bad gas which was causing excessive smoke from the generators and engine. They were unable to completely solve the issue so we sometimes noticed generator exhaust fumes on the dive deck.

We had some bad weather which caused the blue hole day to get moved up a day (the aggressor did not make it to the blue hole that week). Viz was also less than what we experienced before. On thursday the weather forced us to start early for turneffe right after lunch which cut us to 4 dives that day. The trip back to turneffe started out rough, so it appears to have been a good call by Captain Eddy to cut & run early. We finished the day with 2 dives on the east side of Turneffe.

Websites Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Many Caribbean, Hawaii, PNG
Closest Airport Belize city Getting There arrived 1 day early via Houston, no issues.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-70 Ft/ 12-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110 foot max depth. No other restrictions.
We dove our own profile as a buddy team. our longest dive was 75 minutes. shortest 57 min, average was 66 minutes. A guide was available in water for every dive if you wanted to follow them.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Each side of the boat dive deck had a 2 level camera table and a dedicated camera rinse tank. They were very clear about nothing but cameras can go in the camera tanks. 3 level charging station on the dive deck with lots of power bars. The crew were very careful with camera gear. they carried it from the table and handed it down at the start of each dive. it got dunked in rinse tank then placed on table after each dive - nothing was left in the rinse tank. after the first day they knew which camera belonged to each diver.
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