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Dive Review of Sun Dancer II in

Sun Dancer II, Apr, 2003,

by Martha & Jeff Hubbard, NY, us (Top Contributor Top Contributor 32 reports with 17 Helpful votes). Report 460.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The week’s diving is five days plus 3 hours on Friday morning. One could do 26 dives. Usually the two morning dives are at one site, two afternoon and one night dives at another. Excellent walls, bommies and channels; minimal current. Peter Hughes comfort and amenities continue . . . hot chocolate (with Irish Cream, if you like) after the night dive! Meats and vegs are fresh and varied. The cooking is spicier and greasier than we like, and can cause discomfort when diving right after meals, as in the night dive after dinner. This is one of several reasons we prefer dinner after the night dive. (Our introduction to liveaboard cooking, years ago and also on a Peter Hughes boat, was the legendary Sylvia, a Belizean who told us there are cooking tricks which minimize gas and discomfort while diving.) Desserts and snacks were excellent. Somehow, the crew maintains their enthusiasm while taking excellent care of week after week of divers. A few times, one of us skipped a dive and there was always a crew member on the dive who was ready for a buddy. The passengers were pretty tame and we didn’t see anyone pushing the limits. Nitrox 32 is $150/diver/week (no credit for the air you didn’t use!) and fills were between 3100 and 3300 psi. A fire drill put the passengers in lifejackets on the top deck: “ . . . we let the water level reach the deck then launch the rafts.” We went below after the drill, which may have been shorter than usual, and found fire hoses all over and the crew deployed in fire suits with independent air supplies. There are now excellent connections through Texas and Charlotte to Belize – a Miami transfer is no longer the price of visiting Belize. The Fort George Radisson Hotel (where the boat docks) is a reasonable place to spend an extra day or two in comfort.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Virgin Islands, Palau, PNG, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80-0°F / 27--18°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Stay within your computer
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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