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Dive Review of Sun Dancer in
Belize

Sun Dancer, Oct, 2008,

by Marilyn Sorrell, FL, USA ( 1 report). Report 4533.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Papua New Guinea, Florida, Bahamas, Puerto Rico, Caymans, Venezuela, Hawaii. Eleven liveaboards.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge, currents
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 20 to 30 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Follow the dive master, which was difficult due to visibility and short fills in tanks.
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 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 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 Great camera table and rinse tanks. Clean towels always available.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 3 stars
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The cabins in the forward part of the boat are double beds, and cost more. However, because of the narrower location, the cabins are actually smaller than the twin bed ones. Even couples might want the extra space of a twin bed cabin. Biggest problem: it was the captain's last week with Peter Hughes, his girlfriend had just broken up with him (which he couldn't shut up about!), and his attitude with the bad weather was: oh well, we'll just stay in the one spot for the entire time, instead of trying to find better diving. This is the second time this has happened to us. The first time, on the Kona Agressor three years ago, three of the dive crew were moving on and it was their last week. Anyone who has ever worked, knows that when someone is moving on, their attitude becomes: who cares? Unfortunately, when making reservations months ahead, no one knows what the crew situation will be. However, for someone as important as the captain, the owner of the boat should have the replacement there as soon as possible, and hopefully, overlapping weeks with the departing captain. We also had a problem with short tank fills. For those of us who use more air, following the dive master was out of the question. We had a very difficult time trying to locate the boat due to extreme weather conditions and poor viz. We tried several times to make the dive crew understand this, and we weren't the only ones complaining. However, the rest of the crew besides the captain really did appear to be trying as best as they could without leadership. The meals were excellent, and everyone was very friendly. Regarding diving, this was my second trip to Belize, but the first was 14 years ago. Coral bleaching now is very evident, and I thought fish life was sparse. Small critters were difficult to find. Most of the diving was over 50 to 60 feet. Due to the bad weather (which we do understand is out of the control of the crew), night dives were out of the question.
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