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Dive Review of Peter Hughes/Sun Dancer II in
Belize/Lighthouse Reef, Turneffe Isl.

Peter Hughes/Sun Dancer II, Mar, 2007,

by Jeff Robertson, CA, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 3339.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments This was offered as a Valentine's Day special and for some reason the boat wasn't full. We had 12 passengers on a boat that would accommodate 20. Lucky for us. We had an excellent staff & crew. The accommodations were the best I'd had on a liveaboard. The food was top notch and there was plenty of it. Fresh fruit and snacks whenever you wanted it. A first class operation.

The reefs we visited were healthy and in surprisingly good shape, though an absence of large animals. There were lots of reef fish, gorgoinia, sponges, corals and critters. Thorough dive briefings were given before each dive. Every dive was led by a crewmember, or you could dive your own profile. No babysitting here. The crew paid special attention. It seemes they sincerely wanted us all to have a good time, which made for good fun and an overall feeling of comradre.

In the water near Lighthouse Reef for a couple days we encountered some kind of stingy stringy thingys that we couldn't identify. Almost everyone got stung. I captured a couple on digital photograph, but still haven't been able to find out what they are. The crew was awesome and supplied vinegar and topical treatment for us that helped.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Many places in the South Pacific, Western Pacific, Bahamas, Florida Keys, California Coast and the Caribbean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive within computer limits, return to the boat with at least 500 psi.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Excellent camera gear table with air hoses and a continuous supply of dry towels. They were not yet set up for digital photo transfer or CD burning, though Captain Mike generously offered using his own personal computer.
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