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BELIZE BARRIER REEF
The world-renowned luxury DANCER FLEET -- SUN DANCER II
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• $200 discount for Non-Divers.
• $200 discount for Consecutive Charters (within 30 days on either fleet).
• $100 discount for 2nd trip within 12 months.
• $200 discount for 3rd trip within 12 months.
• Kids ages 5-10 receive 25% off on 'Family Weeks'.
• On Family Weeks, children ages 5-10 must stay in a cabin with a parent. On regular charters, the minimum age is 10 years. No discount applies.
• Money-saving specials cannot be used in conjunction with discounted charters.
• When multiple discounts apply, only the most generous (one) can be applied to the charter rate. Please notify your U.S. DIVE TRAVEL agent of any discounts or vouchers at the time of booking. In all cases, notification after final payment will result in forfeiture of discount.
TECHNICAL LIVE-ABOARD SPEC's for the DANCER FLEET's SUN DANCER:
SERVICE FEATURES of the DANCER FLEET's SUN DANCER CRUISES:
TOP DIVE SITES VISITED by the DANCER FLEET's SUN DANCER:
Visibility in excess of 120' can be expected & annual water temperatures range from 78 to 84° F. A wide variety of marine life can be observed during the dives, such as eagle rays, manta rays, turtles, tarpon & the occasional wild dolphin.
WHERE is BELIZE, exactly?Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, is a stable democratic nation located on the Yucatan Peninsula approximately 250 miles south of Cancun. It borders Mexico to the North, Guatemala to the West & South & the beautiful Caribbean Sea to the East. The official language is English, but Creole & Spanish are also spoken.
So, HOW do I FLY into BELIZE from NORTH AMERICA?Belize City is accessible from Houston (IAH) on Continental Airlines or from Miami (MIA) or Dallas (DFW) on American Airlines. Same day connections are possible, so no overnight hotel stay is required, however, our Dive Easy Travel specialist will happily make reservations for you at the Ft. George Radisson Resort at our special negotiated rate if you care to arrive early or stay after your cruise. Flying time from Houston (IAH) is approx. 2 hrs. 30 min. & from Miami (MIA) the flight is approx. 2 hrs. 20 min & from Dallas (DFW) is approx. 3 hrs. Specially discounted rates on American Airlines to Belize are available through our Dive Easy Travel specialist when combined with your Sun Dancer II package.
WHAT IS BELIZE SCUBA DIVING LIKE on the SUN DANCER?Three atolls are offshore beyond the barrier reef & are ideally suited for the more adventurous diver. The most famous of the atolls is Lighthouse Reef, which is the location of the Blue Hole & the magnificent nature preserve at Half Moon Cay. Turneffe Island, Lighthouse Reef, & Glover Reef boast much of the best diving in Belize. The atolls of Belize are truly paradise. You can expect visibility to reach 120 ft. or more. The walls & drop-offs are spectacular. The reef itself is virgin & pristine.
WHAT WEATHER PATTERNS are TYPICAL for BELIZE?January-March Air temperatures are in the 74F to 80F range, but may be less in the event of a strong Norther (cold front). Water temperature is 74F to 78F. Underwater visibility can be 120 ft. plus. This is considered the dry season & also the season for Northers, winds which can bring in some rougher sea conditions, & a drop in visibility as well as short periods of rain. In January the Groupers spawn on the Northeast side of Lighthouse Reef. Seas are usually too rough to dive here, but the area may be accessible in the event of a Norther when wind direction reversals occur. April-June Air temperatures are likely to range in the low to mid 80F. Water temperature is 78F to 82F. Some intermittent rain is possible, but unlikely, & there is less humidity in the air. During March & April, Whale Sharks have been seen occasionally on the Barrier Reef. July-September This is typically hurricane season. Temperatures range from 80F to 95F. Water temperature is 80F to 84F. Seas are usually calm during this time with good diving conditions. Heavy rain must be expected from time to time, usually lasting only a few hours, but longer periods of rainfall are possible. In August & September Manta Rays sometimes present themselves. October-December Air temperatures can be 75F to 80F. Water temperature is usually 82F to 86F & in late December it drops to 80F.
WHAT DOES my SUN DANCER II PACKAGE INCLUDE?Round-trip transfers from & to the Belize International Airport (not the Municipal Airport) are provided if you arrive & depart on Saturday. Your stateroom aboard for seven nights has a private head & shower with portlight views (Owner's Suite) or picture window views (Main Deck Master & Deluxe staterooms). Breakfast cooked to order, buffet lunch & full course dinner are served daily, in addition to freshly prepared mid-morning & mid-afternoon snacks. A continental breakfast will be available before disembarking at 8:00 am Saturday. Beverages (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) while on board, fresh linens, stateroom & deck towels, shampoo, lotion, & bathrobes are included. M/V Sun Dancer II is equipped with hairdryers in every stateroom & TV/VCR in the Owner's Suite & Master Staterooms. We offer an average of five dives daily over 5.5 dive days (usually approx. 26 dives per week), tanks, weights & air fills (additional charges apply for Nitrox fills). While we strive to offer our guests up to 5 dives per day & at least two dives on the day we return to port, there may be situations, such as sea conditions or tide changes which will prevent us from doing so.
HOW WILL I GET to the SUN DANCER II from the AIRPORT?Should you arrive at any time other than Saturday afternoon, it is your responsibility to arrange transportation to the M/V Sun Dancer II at your own expense. Guests may board M/V Sun Dancer II at any time after 4:00 pm Saturday. M/V Sun Dancer II usually leaves the dock at the Ft. George Radisson Resort Saturday between 5:00 & 6:00 pm , though times may vary due to flight schedules. Sometimes we are restricted from leaving port until Sunday morning due to tides which may prevent us from offering five dives on that day.
For WHAT OTHER EXPENSES WILL I BE RESPONSIBLE?No air transportation is included in the M/V Sun Dancer II package. Departure tax (US$11.50 cash per person at print time) must be paid at the airport. Instruction, dive & photo equipment rentals & "Boatique" purchases must be settled on board prior to departure. A mandatory US$15.00 donation to the local recompression chamber is added to your cruise invoice & collected prior to arrival in Belize. No meals or beverages on shore are included. Crew gratuities are not included.
IS IT CUSTOMARY to TIP the SUN DANCER CREW?Aboard the M/V Sun Dancer II gratuities are not included in your package price. We prefer that our guests reward our crew based on their performance. If the crew performs to your expectations, may we suggest that a gratuity of approximately 10% of your package price would be considered normal aboard a live-aboard dive boat. Payment of gratuities is entirely at the discretion of the guest. It is the policy on Dancer Fleet vessels to pool any collected gratuities & divide these equally among the crew, since we believe no one crew member has the opportunity to give exceptional service without the assistance & support of all other crew members.
WILL THERE BE OPPORTUNITIES to GO ASHORE DURING the CRUISE?Your package includes the cost of your entrance to Half Moon Cay Preserve, a great place to visit for a picnic & nature walk mid-week after the "Blue Hole" dive. Half Moon Cay is home to a large population of the red-footed booby bird & frigate birds which nest in the trees & can be easily viewed from a small tower there.
WHAT'S the PLAN for LAST DAY on the SUN DANCER?On Friday morning we will offer two early morning dives before cruising back to port. Sometimes we are only able to offer one dive on Friday mornings in order to enter the marina safely with the high tide. We are unable to offer diving on Friday afternoon since most guests are flying home Saturday morning & the crew need this time to attend to administrative responsibilities & provisioning. We usually offer between 25 to 27 dives per charter, but the exact number may vary. We appreciate your patience & understanding about this situation over which we have no control. Lunch will be served on board & upon arrival in Belize City, guests will be at their leisure to relax on board or take a ½ day tour of the nearby Mayan ruins or the Belize Zoo. Our crew can arrange these & other land excursions to coordinate with your schedule. Your package includes a casual BBQ dinner on Friday night, but if you prefer to dine in town, our crew will happily assist you with reservations & recommendations.
WHAT IS the BEST WAY to GET to BELIZE?Commercial airlines which service Belize City include Continental Airlines from Houston, American Airlines from Miami & TACA from LA, Houston, New Orleans or Miami. Air reservations from any city in the U.S. can be arranged. Your package is from Saturday to Saturday, & most flights can be arranged to arrive & depart on Saturday.
IF I AM TRAVELING as a SINGLE, will I HAVE a ROOMMATE?All rates are quoted on a share basis, so unless you require a guaranteed single room & pay an additional 65% supplement, you will very likely be sharing your stateroom with one other guest of the same gender.
DO I NEED a PASSPORT or VISA for BELIZE ?All nationalities are required to present a passport, valid for at least 6 months, upon arrival in Belize. North American citizens will not need a Visa, but all other should check with the Belize consulate to confirm what is required.
WHY MUST I ANTE UP for the BELIZE RECOMPRESSION CHAMBER?Sub-Aquatic Safety Services is a facility on Ambergris Cay established & maintained with your diving safety in mind. Your contribution of US$15.00 for a 7-night charter helps insure that facilities, staff & ancillary services will be available, accessible & operating in the event of a diving accident. Your dive accident insurance covers the cost of your treatment in a recompression facility, but your contribution to SSS supports the existence of that facility.
DO I NEED TRIP CANCELLATION & DIVER ACCIDENT INSURANCE?We strongly recommend that each guest purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage & trip cancellation/interruption insurance when space is reserved. Trip insurance will protect you from financial disappointment in the event unforeseen circumstances prevent the vessel from making its scheduled trip. In the event it is necessary to cancel or interrupt a charter due to weather or any matter beyond the control of U.S. Dive Travel or Dancer Fleet, Inc., there will be no refund or credit issued. We also recommend diving accident insurance. Please inquire with our reservation office for assistance.
WHAT PAPERWORK WILL I NEED for SCUBA DIVING on the SUN DANCER?Please bring your certification card & log book(s) for verification of your dive training/experience. You will be required to complete & sign a standard release & waiver form prior to your arrival. Please remember that you alone are responsible for determining your medical & physical fitness to dive or to take part in any other activities during this trip. We take no responsibility with respect to your determination. If you have any questions concerning your medical or physical fitness to dive or take part in any such activities, please consult your personal physician.
IF I HAVE a PHYSICAL DISABILITY, will the SUN DANCER TAKE ME?Please consult with your doctor before traveling to Belize . You will be required to sign & Diving Release & Waiver in which you affirm you are fit to dive. You need only ask & our crew will be happy to lend assistance with your diving equipment at the water line when necessary due to an injury.
WHAT SHALL I PACK for the LIVEABOARD VACATION on SUN DANCER?Please plan to travel light, as on live-aboards space is limited. We recommend that you pack your gear in soft luggage such as duffel bags for easy stowage & leave those large, rigid suitcases at home that will add to your comfort in your stateroom. Clothing should be lightweight, comfortable sportswear & bathing suits are a must, & a sweater or jacket is ideal for evening - especially during the months of December through March. A light rain jacket is a good idea for the occasional squalls. Dress aboard M/V Sun Dancer II is always casual. Additional items you may want to bring are sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat or visor & bug spray or lotion (especially if you plan to do some tours inland). You may wish to pack your regulator, dive computer, mask bathing suit, change of clothes & essential items in your carry-on bag. This will make things easier in the event your luggage is delayed. Pony bottles, Spare Air cylinders, etc. should NOT be packed inside your luggage.
WHAT if I'M PRONE to SEA SICKNESS on the SUN DANCER?Strong currents & winds may cause moderate movement of the vessel at times. If you have a tendency toward seasickness we strongly urge you to bring some sort of over the counter motion medication or consult your doctor about prescription brands. Chewable ginger tablets or capsules of powdered ginger have also proven to be a very effective natural alternative.
WHAT if THERE IS an EMERGENCY on BOARD the SUN DANCER in BELIZE?The M/V Sun Dancer II crew is trained in first aid & diving accident management. The boat is equipped with a complete first aid kit & a high capacity oxygen system. The nearest recompression chamber is located on Ambergris Cay, Belize . If this chamber is unavailable or more comprehensive treatment is required, air evacuation to Miami must be arranged through the U.S. Coast Guard or by other private means. Since emergency transportation & treatment cost is the responsibility of each guest, we strongly recommend that you obtain special insurance for divers such as DAN or PADI Accident Insurance.
HOW CAN my FAMILY REACH ME in CASE of an EMERGENCY at HOME?Your family may contact you in the case of a medical emergency by calling our US office at this Florida number -- 305-669-9391 -- during business hours or by using the emergency pager number (954-209-8538) after hours.
ARE ANY IMMUNIZATIONS REQUIRED for SUN DANCER II?No immunizations are required for visitors to Belize. The itinerary of the Sun Dancer II does not include visits to any areas where malaria is prevalent, however, if you decide to extend your stay in the deep jungle areas of Belize we recommend that you consult with your personal physician and/or the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta about preventative measures.
IN WHAT TIME ZONE IS BELIZE LOCATED?Belize is 6 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+6), & daylight savings time is not observed.
WHAT LANGUAGES ARE SPOKEN on SUN DANCER II?The Belizean people are a mixture of Indian, Spanish & Caribe & they speak a variety of different languages including English, Spanish & Creole although English is the official language. Our crew will converse in English with the guests.
WHAT ELECTRICAL CURRENT IS AVAILABLE on this LIVE-ABOARD?The electrical current on M/V Sun Dancer II & the Belize mainland is 110 volts. There is a battery re-charging station on the Dive Deck which offers access to 110V power
ARE MY VALUABLES SAFE on the SUN DANCER II?We recommend that you leave all serious valuables such jewelry & costly watches at home as they are not appropriate for an adventure cruise. There is no safety box on board. But yes, in general these Dancer Fleet vessels are extremely safe. Nobody's going to swim off with your U/W camera. It's one sailing family, folks.
IS the WATER on BOARD SAFE to DRINK?All water on the M/V Sun Dancer II is a mixture of desalinated water & spring water from shore & it is suitable for drinking. A cold water fountain is available on the Dive Deck & ice water is always available in the Dining. We do not carry bottled water on board.
How DO I CELEBRATE a SPECIAL OCCASION on SUN DANCER II?Our crew is delighted to help you celebrate any special occasion on board including birthdays, anniversaries, honeymoons or weddings. Kindly advise your U.S. Dive Travel planner at least 30 days prior to departure so that we can adequately prepare for these extra services -- 952-953-4124.
CAN I EARN ADVANCED DIVING CERTIFICATIONS or SPECIALTIES on BOARD?Several diving specialty courses are offered on the M/V Sun Dancer II, but it is necessary to give at least one month notice to Peter Hughes Diving, Inc. in advance of your charter date to ensure that an instructor will have the time available & that all required paperwork is complete.
VERY IMPORTANT: IF YOU INTEND to RECEIVE DIVING INSTRUCTION on BOARD, YOU MUST COMPLETE a MEDICAL STATEMENTin ADVANCE & RETURN IT to DANCER FLEET, INC.™ PRIOR to DEPARTURE. A doctor's note may be required if you answer yes to any of the questions on the medical statement. A list of available courses & prices is located on our website. Guest (Non-Crew) Instructors are permitted to give instruction on board if they are in current teaching status with their certifying agency & if they maintain underwater liability insurance. They must obtain a list of companies from Peter Hughes Diving, Inc. to be additionally insured on their Certificate of Insurance. Payment for instruction will only be accepted on board, not in advance.
WHAT ENTERTAINMENT IS AVAILABLE on the SUN DANCER II?M/V Sun Dancer II has a complete entertainment center including a 32-inch Sony monitor, VHS & digital video (DV) tape player, digital video disc (DVD) player, a compact disc (CD) player, cassette deck & stereo. The crew will have slide & video presentations during the week & guests are encouraged to do likewise with the photos & videos they take. If you have a favorite movie, a slide show or a video to share, we encourage you to bring it along! You may also bring your own favorite music, movies, games, etc.
WHAT TYPE of FOOD IS PREPARED by CHEFS on the SUN DANCER II?The carefully prepared menu consists of American & Latin/Caribbean style meals. If you have any special dietary requirements, please advise our Dancer Fleet office as soon as possible, so we can prepare to adequately meet your needs. Please understand that certain special dietary & beverage requests may not be available on a consistent basis in Belize due to the remote nature of this location.
WHAT KINDS of BEVERAGES ARE AVAILABLE on SUN DANCER II?Our selection includes milk, fruit juices, soft drinks, beer, wine & a limited variety of mixed drinks at the bar. We encourage you to consume lots of non-alcoholic liquids during the week to avoid dehydration. If you have a favorite libation you cannot do without we suggest you purchase this at a Duty Free shop & bring it with you as our selection is sometimes limited by the nature of our locations. REMEMBER: Alcohol & diving DO NOT MIX. For your safety, we recommend that the consumption of any alcoholic beverage be delayed until your dive day is complete. FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS DRINK & DIVE!
IS SMOKING PERMITTED on the SUN DANCER II, ANYWHERE?No cigarette, cigar or smoking of any kind is permitted inside any salon or stateroom or hallway of the M/V Sun Dancer II, except in the designated outdoor smoking area of the Lido Deck (upper deck). Smoking is not permitted in any area where all guests must be assembled for any reason, even putside for example, during dive briefings.
WHAT IS the LOCAL BELIZIAN CURRENCY?The local currency is the Belize Dollar. The current exchange rate is 2 Belize Dollars for each U.S. Dollar.
HOW CAN I PAY for MY EXPENSES on BOARD SUN DANCER II?The M/V Sun Dancer II has a small on-board "Boatique" which sells a selection of logo clothing, sundries, diving accessories, film, batteries, logbooks, etc. A fine selection of local crafts, including superb wood carvings, will also be available. A crew member will gladly assist you with your "Boatique" purchases at any time during the week. 7% VAT tax is added to all "Boatique" sales (subject to change).
ARE NITROX FILLS AVAILABLE on the SUN DANCER II?Yes indeed, the M/V Sun Dancer II is equipped with Enriched Air facilities! Very cool, we think. Nitrox fills of up to 32% are normally available to all CERTIFIED Nitrox divers. Nitrox certifications are also available on board to all certified divers. All diving must be conducted using compressed air tables or compressed air computers regardless of whether your tank is filled with compressed air or Nitrox. Our purpose in making enriched air Nitrox available for the use of our guests is to give those who are unfamiliar with this new technology an opportunity to become certified Nitrox divers & to give those already certified a greatly enhanced safety factor in the face of extensive, repetitive dive profiles in remote regions of the world. Nitrox is not offered for extended range diving.
WHAT SCUBA DIVING EQUIPMENT WILL I NEED on SUN DANCER II?Equipment provided aboard the M/V Sun Dancer II includes tanks (80 or 63 psi aluminum with yoke style "K" valves), weights & weightbelts. The basic diving equipment required is a regulator, depth & pressure gauge, watch or bottom timer, buoyancy compensation device (BCD), mask, fins & snorkel. Be advised that we require at least two light sources for all night dives, one of which should be a primary light & the other a marker device. We highly recommend a chemical ("cyalume") light stick. You may bring your own or purchase them on board. Additional recommended equipment: dive computer, dive light (with extra batteries or charging unit) & a dive skin and/or wetsuit. Water temperature from May to September is 80 to 84 degrees F. Winter temperatures range from 76 to 80 degrees F. With up to five dives per day offered, you will probably require extra thermal protection.
ARE DIVE GEAR & PHOTO/VIDEO EQUIPMENT AVAILABLE for RENT?M/V Sun Dancer II has a limited number of diving equipment sets available for rental. We offer Uwatec brand dive computers, ScubaPro BCD's, regulators & gauges, wetsuits, masks & fins. The Photo Shop offers Sea & Sea MX-10 cameras, Nikonos V bodies, SB-105 strobes, lenses from 15 to 35 mm, Macro Tube Close-up Kits, Sony digital Handycams & Aquavideo or Stingray video housings. Photo opportunities are abundant. No matter what system you have, you will probably experience excellent results. Be sure to pack your photo equipment carefully in a durable carrying case & bring any unique spare parts & back-up equipment with you.
CAN I FISH or SPEARFISH while BELIZE SCUBA DIVING from SUN DANCER II?Game-taking equipment is prohibited. Our guests may remove NOTHING from the sea, except the water in their wetsuits. Period, over & out, amigos del mar.
HOW DO I ARRANGE for PRE- & POST-CRUISE ECO-TOURS & SIDE EXCURSIONS?Belize offers many exotic & exciting opportunities for fascinating inland excursions. We have mopre than a dozen superbly packaged tours of parks, ruins & back country jungle sectors in Belize, & our guides have more than 12 years experience conducting these safe & visually exciting eco-tours. Please call your U.S. Dive Travel planners, at the Mpls, MN reservations office for further details: 952-953-4124.
COULD I EVER BE REFUSED SERVICE on the SUN DANCER II?Hhhmmmm, maybe if you're a genuine piece of work, mate..... Dancer Fleet, Inc., its owners & employees reserve the right to refuse service to any diver whose behavior is believed to be a danger to the safe operation of the vessel. Divers who exhibit objectionable personal conduct, excessive alcohol use or lack of sufficient diving skills or knowledge can be refused air fills at the Captain's discretion. Any illicit drug use will result in immediately being turned over to the local authorities. The company hereby reserves the right to request such other, further & different medical information, documentation and/or authorization(s) as the company may, in its sole & unfettered discretion, deem appropriate. The company further hereby reserves the right in its sole & unfettered discretion, to decline to allow any Guest to participate in certain diving activities based on medical information, documentation and/or authorization(s), or the lack thereof.
WHAT IF the SUN DANCER SCUBA DIVING ITINERARY CHANGES?Itineraries are always weather permitting & are conducted at the sole discretion of the Captain with consideration to the safety of the guests, crew & the vessel. No refunds will be issued or trips re-booked for itineraries that are canceled due to weather.
WHAT IF the SUN DANCER II IS NOT AVAILABLE as SCHEDULED?Peter Hughes Diving & its affiliates have the right to substitute a vessel or package of comparable value if for some unforeseen reason the reserved vessel is not able to fulfill its charter or cruise obligation.
WHAT OTHER IMPORTANT PRE-TRIP INFO SHOULD I KNOW?Controlled substances & illegal drugs are strictly prohibited aboard M/V Sun Dancer II. Penalties for the sale, use or possession of controlled substances in Belize are SEVERE & Sea Dancer (1991), Ltd., Sun Dancer (Belize), Ltd., Dancer Fleet, Inc., their officers, agents or staff can accept NO responsibility for any person(s) encountering difficulties with local authorities due to that person's involvement with the sale, use or possession of such controlled substances. Sea Dancer (1991), Ltd., Sun Dancer ( Belize ), Ltd. & Dancer Fleet subscribe to the ZERO TOLERANCE drug abuse policy of the U.S. Coast Guard.
Prior to any diving from the M/V Sun Dancer II, you will be required to provide us with acceptable evidence of your diving certification & your level of experience. You will also be required to execute a legally binding release of Sea Dancer (1991), Ltd., Sun Dancer (Belize), Ltd., Dancer Fleet, their officers, directors, employees & agents from any claims, causes of action, damages or liabilities which may arise from or in connection with your diving activities & to acknowledge that you understand the risks attendant with diving & to personally assume all such risks.
If you are unwilling to personally assume all such risks, known or otherwise, DO NOT PURCHASE PASSAGE ABOARD THE M/V SUN DANCER II.
While we provide dive briefings prior to dives & limit our diving to no-decompression sport diving, each diver is responsible for his or her individual profile consistent with the standards & limitations of his or her certifying organization.
SAMPLE ITINERARY on the SUN DANCER II --
Saturday:Arrive Belize City International Airport Saturday afternoon. Transfers between the airport & M/V Sun Dancer II will be provided. Boarding of M/V Sun Dancer II begins at 4:00 pm. Each guest will check in with the hostess & is then escorted to their stateroom. The boat will usually leave from the dock at the Fort George Radisson Resort at approx. 5:00 pm to moor at Turneffe Island or Lighthouse Reef. Dinner is provided onboard at approx. 6:30 pm. An orientation slide show is presented after dinner. Guests may retire at their leisure after the orientation.
Sunday to Thursday:Most guests will do up to five dives per day between our first morning dive & when the dive deck closes after the night dive. A dive bell is rung to signal the start of a dive briefing on the Main Deck. The vessel will usually move two or three times per day. Breakfast, lunch, dinner & after-dive snacks are provided each day. Slide presentations are scheduled in the evenings throughout the charter. Dives sites usually include Blue Hole & others on Lighthouse Reef & Turneffe Islands depending on weather conditions. Lunches may be packed for shore excursions to Half Moon Caye on one day. This is an excellent opportunity for beach combing & to see the wonderful Red Footed Booby Birds of Half Moon Caye, so bring your binoculars & cameras. You'll love the scenery.
Friday:One early morning dive (starting at 6:00 am) is scheduled before returning to port in the afternoon (usually between noon & 2:00 pm). Breakfast & lunch are provided on board. Arrangements can be made from the vessel if guests wish to schedule a half-day inland tour when returning to port. An informal dinner is prepared on board at approx. 6:00 pm or guests may elect to visit one of Belize City's local restaurants at their own expense.
Saturday: Continental breakfast is available at 7:00 am. Disembarkation is at 8:00 am for all guests. Transfers to the airport are provided. Guests who are scheduled on a later flight may enjoy spending a few hours in town before returning to the airport.
This is a "Sample Itinerary Only." Itineraries may be changed due to current or pending weather conditions or at the Captain's discretion to ensure the safety of the passengers, crew & vessel. The Captain's decisions are final, of course, as his authority is maritime law.
TRADITIONAL WEATHER PATTERNS for BELIZE:
(Some years may vary, for example during the vagaries of an El Nino Cycle. These are good-faith estimates.)
January - March:Air temperatures are in the 74F to 80F range, but may be less in the event of a strong Norther (cold front). Water temperature is 74F to 78F. Underwater visibility can be 120 ft. plus. This is considered the dry season & also the season for Northers, winds which can bring in some rougher sea conditions, & a drop in visibility as well as short periods of rain. In January the Groupers spawn on the Northeast side of Lighthouse Reef. Seas are usually too rough to dive here, but the area may be accessible in the event of a Norther when wind direction reversals occur.
April - June:Air temperatures are likely to range in the low to mid 80F. Water temperature is 78F to 82F. Some intermittent rain is possible, but unlikely, & there is less humidity in the air. During March & April, Whale Sharks have been seen occasionally on the Barrier Reef.
July - September:This is typically hurricane season. Temperatures range from 80F to 95F. Water temperature is 80F to 84F. Seas are usually calm during this time with good diving conditions. Heavy rain must be expected from time to time, usually lasting only a few hours, but longer periods of rainfall are possible. . In August & September Manta Rays sometimes present themselves.
October - December:Air temperatures can be 75F to 80F. Water temperature is usually 82F to 86F & in late December it drops to 80F
Diving notes- Visibility in some of the remote areas of the barrier reef & around the offshore atolls may reach 200 ft. to 220 ft. It rains considerably less around the offshore atolls of Belize than it does on the mainland, however, excessive rainfall can adversely affect visibility.
This beautiful luxury live-aboard yacht, the acknowledged 4-star offering among Belize diving live-aboards, leaves Belize City every Saturday for a 7 day / 7 night cruise. Sun Dancer's length is 120 feet, beam 25 feet; & it carries 20 guests & 7 crew. Passport is required. The Sun Dancer dive cruise starts with the classic Blue Hole dive near Lighthouse Reef atoll, then moves to a shore hike at Half Moon Caye & a picnic by the sea.
Aboard the comfortable Sun Dancer, you'll also get the full sweep of Belize's other famous atolls -- Turneffe Island & Glover's Reef -- each a shining gem for divers. The gist of Belize diving is this: here is the only place anywhere in the Caribbean that offers genuine coral atolls, just like Belize or Fiji, so these dive sites are pretty special. Belize diving is the finest the Caribbean has to offer. Your viz will reach 120 feet on the best days off the Sun Dancer; & water temps will hover between 78 & 84 degrees F. You'll be delighted by the sheer diversity of colors & the numbers of critters, from dolphins & turtles to eagle rays & mantas. But there's a lot more to your Belize diving vacation than what's underwater. Consider the topside amenities that complement Belize live-aboards of the Sun Dancer ilk.
Each & every one of the Dancer Fleet's 4-star luxury live-aboards -- the Sun Dancer included -- provides clients with turndown bed service every day, morning coffee served in your stateroom, bathrobes, sit-down dining with a choice of two entrees every supper, snacks every morning & afternoon, clean towels every day in your stateroom, removal of your tank as you stand at the diving platform after surfacing, daily E-6 color slide processing right on board, & around-the-clock, hands-on service from a Sun Dancer crew that will treat you like royalty. That's because she's the Queen of Belize live-aboards!
When you choose to cruise
with John & Sooz,
you'll shed your shoes
& lose your blues,
then dive into pelagic zoos.
So Sooz & John say --
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All Dancer Fleet vessels are equipped with air-conditioning in all staterooms & common areas such as salon & lounge. All Dancer Fleet vessels offer private en-suite bathrooms, hot freshwater showers, audio & video entertainment centers, nightly entertainment, light tables for slides, excellent photo & video labs, open-air sundecks with some covered areas for sun protection, lockers for your dive gear, spacious stern jumpoff areas with 2 exit ladders & showers right there waiting when you surface, camera work tables conveniently on the dive deck, & rigid decompression bars underwater, to increase your profile safety (except Sun Dancer).
The Sun Dancer is also equipped with twin Diesel engines, plus two 110/208-volt & 60-cycle generators, ultra-modern navigation gear, radar, depth finders, GPS & Weather-Fax systems, VHF & SSB radios, desalination plants that pump out from 2,400 to 3,600 gallons of fresh water each day, rescue & chase craft ready at all times & powerful dual air compressors, so you never have to deal with an empty tank. These splendid Dancer Fleet live-aboard vessels are the creme de la creme of world live-aboards, & their prices are easy on the mind. There's no better way to enjoy Belize diving. Come dance with the fancy prancin' Sun Dancer, & kick up your heels! Just make sure you put your fins on first....
FOR MORE INFORMATION or RESERVATIONS:
Please feel free to contact:
John Hessburg, General Manager
Susan Hessburg, Operations Manager
U.S. DIVE TRAVEL Network
PMB 307 -- Suite # 116
15050 Cedar Ave. S.
St. Paul, MN, USA 55124-7047
Voice Mail: 952-953-4124
IMPORTANT REMINDER about PRICES & TARIFFS:
All Sun Dancer package prices listed here are subject to possible change in this steadily evolving travel market. Lodging, side tour & diving prices are traditionally stable, as are live-aboard package prices; however air prices can fluctuate daily. Until air tickets are issued, all airlines reserve the right to change airfares without notice -- an industry standard per FAA rules. We at U.S. Dive Travel will price-protect you to the utmost of our professional ability; & that has been our pledge for one decade now. Our tropical vacation experts normally secure excellent wholesale discount air tickets for our clients who book Sun Dancer early enough to secure limited seats in the best price categories. Remember please, the federal government has deregulated all U.S.-based airlines, so only they control their pricing -- not any travel professionals. Early is good when seeking the best air ticket rates to connect with Peter Hughes Sun Dancer for your Belize diving tour.
Unless specifically noted, these above Belize scuba diving packages aboard Sun Dancer are prices for only the live-aboard portion of your dive trip, in most cases reflecting double-occupancy rooms. On most live-aboards, there will be no triple-occupancy staterooms offered. International air tickets & commuter "island-hopper" seats are always extra above these Belize scuba diving vessel costs. Nominal service fees are also extra for air tickets & the dive vessel + side tour components. The baseline tariffs for all clients start at $55 per person for the Belize liveaboard package portion + $35 pp for the air tickets. Late-booking clients may receive slightly higher tariffs on their Belize scuba diving packages. Solo clients will always pay a single supplement to secure a private stateroom -- normally 65% more than the standard double-occupancy rate for the Belize live-aboard of your choice.
The preferred payment mode for our Belize live-aboards & air ticket specials is by cashier's check or wire transfer in U.S. dollars. All clients living outside the USA or Canada will need to pay for their dive vacations via direct wire transfer only. No personal checks will be accepted for any reservation. Thank you for your gracious understanding. Our service level is the highest & our prices the lowest in this industry, & thus we need to preserve a reasonable margin. For published-fare air ticket bookings, USDT always accepts Visa & Mastercard. For ultra-discount wholesale air tickets, USDT accepts only cashier's checks or wire transfers, please, for all Belize scuba diving tours.
Remember, all tropical vacation clients to all foreign destinations will be asked by local officials overseas, upon departing the airport on your final day, to pay a nominal government departure tax, usually between USD $35 - $45 per client. USDT cannot collect this tax beforehand, so you simply pay it down there, in your host country. Be sure to stash away a little cash for this final moment at the airport, so you'll get your exit visa stamped quickly with no fuss; & away you go. Best of luck with your dive travel plans. We hope your scuba diving vacation is a safe & satisfying adventure. Blessings & best wishes with ALL your Belize scuba diving vacations.
Best fishes too!
John Hessburg & Susan Hessburg, Mgrs.
U.S. Dive Travel Network.
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