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

Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II: "Well run boat enjoying best of the Caribbean diving", May, 2015,

by Dan Benson, OR, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 13 Helpful votes). Report 8243.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The Sundancer II is now a part of the Aggressor fleet, and spends much of its time cruising the beautiful waters off Belize.
The Belize Aggressor also plies these waters, and reports are that the SunDancer II is a little nicer boat than the Belize Aggressor.
The Sundance II itself is average with average size cabins. But the diving is some of the best of the Caribbean.
Belize has gone out of it's way to protect its natural resources, and it shows. Reefs are in excellent shape.
However, it is still just the Caribbean!
What sets this boat apart is the crew. They're really great.
Rumors have it that this boat is the top rated boat amongst the Aggressor/Dancer fleet, and I would agree.
It starts with the captain: Megan O'Meara. She's simply tops. She's full of energy, and anxious to make sure your dive week is the best that you can possibly experience. And she works HARD. She captains the boat, leads many dives, and functions as purser as well.
Keep track of her career. She's on a meteoric path to the top of the world.
There were 7 vegetarians on this trip, and the chef did a wonderful job at making tasty meals for us. (We've been on other liveaboards where the vegetarian fare was terrible!)
The dive guides also deserve a shout-out. They treat you like adults. They were there to help, but certainly we could plan and execute our own dives. (With several thousand dives and a camera my dive buddy and I prefer to strike out on our own.
Most always we got in a hour dive.
There's only one negative to this agenda: it's still only the Caribbean! Move Megan and her crew to the Philippines and you'd have an unbeatable trip.
Websites Peter Hughes -- Sun Dancer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia (5 times), Philippines, Red Sea, Hawaii, West Coast U.S., Bahamas, Cuba, Caymans, Bonaire, Curacao,
Closest Airport Belize City Getting There Houston to BZE (direct flights)

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The bottom was always shallower than 100', so pretty hard to violate any restrictions!
Liveaboard? yes 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 1 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments There is a dearth of charging/changing/cleaning stations aboard for photographers. Stuff has to be spread out, and it wasn't uncommon for underwater lights to have to be charged in the lounge. (unattended charging was prohibited in the cabins)
But U/W photographers are adaptable, and overall I have no complaints.
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