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Dive Review of Sun Dancer II in

Sun Dancer II, Nov, 2013,

by George Lock Jr, PA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 7444.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Most dives are on walls; the best are out at Lighthouse Reef. Skip the Blue Hole - it's highly overrated, in my opinion.

Heavy rains had occurred the previous week. That may have contributed to the less-than optimal visibility on this trip. The water was a bit milky, reducing the visibility from what normally would experience here. No matter, it was still a great week of diving.

This is my 11th trip to Belize, and my 9th trip aboard the Sun Dancer II. It is a superior liveaboard dive experience - the best boat in the western hemisphere, in my opinion. The boat is laid out extremely well, and the cabins are spacious by liveaboard standards. The crew is superb - highly committed to the clientele, patient with the troublesome, and just fun to be with. The food is consistently excellent.

My friends and I are already planning our next trip to return.
Websites Sun Dancer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving North Atlantic, Florida, Bahamas, Roatan, Bonaire, Little Cayman, Turks & Caicos, Tobago, Palau
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 83-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-75 Ft/ 15-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No restrictions on bottom times. Divers are completely free to dive independently of the divemaster and other buddy pairs. The dive starting times are established to enable 5 dives per day without conflicting with meals.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Two camera tables and two camera-only rinse tanks. Charging station nearby. Crew will hand you camera to you after you enter the water and take it from you as you approach the ladder. The crew will give the camera a quick rinse in the tank. It's up to you to soak or rinse further.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Dec 05, 2013 17:01 EST  
So, skip the Blue Hole? Would you go to Paris and skip the Eiffel Tower? Just wondering.
By report author: George Lock Jr in PA, US at Dec 05, 2013 17:34 EST  
No, but the Eiffel Tower has a view, one can stay on the Tower a lot longer than 10 minutes, and there's no penalty for the next 3- 4 hours for having gone. To each his own...
By Jeff Moore in FL, US at Dec 10, 2013 20:40 EST  
I agree with George.I wish they would offer an alternative.It takes up 2 dives [due to depth concerns] and there is not much to see.As spectacular the Blue Hole is in an aerial photo,the view under water is nothing.
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