|WAVE DANCER CAPSIZED BY HURRICANE IRIS |
General Information for your Trip Aboard
M/V "WAVE DANCER"
LOCATION: Belize, formerly known as British Honduras, is a stable democratic nation located south of the Yucatan Peninsula approximately 250 miles south of Cancun. It borders Mexico to the North, Guatemala to the West and South and the beautiful Caribbean Sea to the East. The official language is English, but Creole and Spanish are also spoken.
DIVING: Three atolls are offshore beyond the barrier reef and 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 and the magnificent nature preserve at Half Moon Cay. Turneffe Island, Lighthouse Reef, and 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 and drop-offs are spectacular. The reef itself is virgin and pristine.
INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGE:Round-trip transfers from and to the Belize International Airport (not Municipal Airport) are provided if you arrive and depart on Saturday. Your stateroom aboard for seven nights has a private head and shower with port light (Dolphin Deck) or picture window view (Main Deck). Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily, in addition to mid-morning and mid-afternoon snacks. A continental breakfast will be available before disembarking at 8:00 am Saturday. Beverages (alcoholic and non-alcoholic) while on board, linens, stateroom and deck towels, shampoo, lotion, and bathrobes are included. M/V Wave Dancer is equipped with hairdryers in every stateroom. We offer an average of five dives daily, tanks, weights and Nitrox or air fills (additional charges may apply for Nitrox fills in year 2000)
TRANSFERS: Should you arrive at any time other than Saturday afternoon, it is your responsibility to arrange transportation to the M/V Wave Dancer at your own expense. Guests may board M/V Wave Dancer at any time after 3:30 pm Saturday. M/V Wave Dancer usually leaves the dock at the Ft. George Radisson Resort between 5:00 and 6:00 pm, though times may vary due to flight schedules.
NOT INCLUDED IN YOUR PACKAGE: No air transportation is included in the M/V Wave Dancer package (Please see Getting to Belize for details). Departure tax (US$20.00 cash per person at print time) must be paid at the airport. Instruction, dive and photo equipment rentals and "Boatique" purchases must be settled onboard prior to departure. A US$10.00 voluntary donation to the local recompression chamber is requested upon boarding M/V Wave Dancer. No meals or beverages on shore are included. Crew gratuities are not included.
GRATUITIES: Aboard the M/V Wave Dancer gratuities are not included. 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 liveaboard 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 and divide these equally among the crew, since we believe no one crew member has the opportunity to give exceptional service without the assistance and support of all other crew members.
PRE-TRIP PREPARATION:Commercial airlines which service Belize City include Continental Airlines from Houston, American Airlines from Miami and Dallas/Fort Worth and TACA International from LA, Houston, New Orleans or Miami. Air reservations from any city in the U.S. can be arranged (Please see Getting to Belize for details). Your package is from Saturday to Saturday, and most flights can be arranged to arrive and depart on Saturday.
TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Everyone is required to present a VALID PASSPORT upon arrival in Belize. Non-U.S., U.K., E.E.C. or Commonwealth Citizens should check if Visas are required.
TRIP INSURANCE: We strongly recommend that each guest purchase comprehensive accident, medical, baggage and 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 Peter Hughes Diving, Inc., there will be no refund or credit issued. We also recommend diving accident insurance. Please inquire with our reservation office for assistance.
DIVING PAPERWORK: Please bring your certification card and log book(s) for verification of your dive training/experience. You will be required to complete and sign a standard release and waiver form prior to your arrival. Please remember that you alone are responsible for determining your medical and physical fitness to dive or to take part in any other activities during this trip. DIVING ACTIVITIES ARE CONDUCTED AT YOUR OWN RISK. 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.
PACKING: Please plan to travel light, as on liveaboards space is limited. We recommend that you pack your gear in soft luggage such as duffel bags for easy stowage and leave those large, rigid suitcases at home which will add to your comfort in your stateroom. Clothing should be lightweight, comfortable sportswear and bathing suits are a must, and 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 Wave Dancer is always casual. Additional items you may want to bring are sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat or visor and bug spray or lotion (especially if you plan to do some tours inland). Strong currents and 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 like the Transderm Patch. You may wish to pack your regulator, dive computer, mask bathing suit, change of clothes and essential items in your carry-on bag. This will make things easier in the event your luggage is delayed.
EMERGENCY PROCEDURES: The M/V Wave Dancer crew is trained in first aid and diving accident management. The boat is equipped with a complete first aid kit and 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 and 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.
ENTERTAINMENT: M/V Wave Dancer has a complete entertainment center including a 32" Sony monitor, VHS, SVHS and 8mm tape decks, a compact disc player, cassette deck and stereo. The crew will have slide and video presentations during the week and guests are encouraged to do likewise with the photos and 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 musical tapes, CDs, etc.
FOOD: The carefully prepared menu consists of American and 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 and beverage requests may not be available on a consistent basis in Belize due to the remote nature of this location.
BEVERAGES: Our selection includes milk, fruit juices, soft drinks, beer, wine and 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 and bring it with you as our selection is sometimes limited by the nature of our locations. REMEMBER: Alcohol and 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 DONT LET FRIENDS DRINK AND DIVE!
SMOKING POLICY: No cigarette, cigar or smoking of any kind is permitted on the M/V Wave Dancer, except in the designated outdoor smoking area of the Lido Deck. Smoking is not permitted in any area where all guests must be assembled for any reason, for example, dive briefings.
LOCAL CURRENCY: The local currency is the Belize Dollar. The current exchange rate is 2 Belize Dollars for each U.S. Dollar.
BOATIQUE: The M/V Wave Dancer 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 anytime during the week. 7% VAT tax is added to all boatique sales.
NITROX: The M/V Wave Dancer is equipped with Enriched Air facilities. 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 providing enriched air Nitrox for the use of our guests is to give those who are unfamiliar with this new technology an opportunity to become certified Nitrox divers and 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.
DIVE EQUIPMENT: Equipment provided aboard the M/V Wave Dancer includes tanks, weights and weightbelts. The basic diving equipment required is a regulator, depth and pressure gauge, watch or bottom timer, buoyancy compensation device (BCD), mask, fins and snorkel. Be advised that we require at least two light sources for all night dives, one of which should be a primary light and 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) and 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.
RENTAL DIVE GEAR OR PHOTO EQUIPMENT: M/V Wave Dancer has a limited number of diving equipment sets available for rent. We offer SeaQuest Solution computers, SeaQuest BCDs and SeaQuest or Sherwood Magnum regulators. The Photo Shop offers Sea & Sea MX-10 cameras, Nikonos V bodies, SB-103 strobes, lenses from 15 to 35 mm, MacroTube Close-up Kits, Sony Handycams and 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 and bring any unique spare parts and back-up equipment with you.
EQUIPMENT PROHIBITED: Game taking equipment is prohibited. NOTHING may be removed from the sea.
E-6 PROCESSING/ON-BOARD EDITING: Our Photo Lab is fully equipped to process E-6 slide film. On most days, we can process your film the same day you shoot it. We strongly recommend that you process your film on board to enable you to make any necessary adjustments in your shooting style. The processing cost is only $10.00 per roll of 24 or 36 exposures (the 6th roll is free!) On-board editing and sound dubbing equipment is available for the production of custom videos. We accept American Express, Visa, MasterCard, travelers checks and cash. NO PERSONAL CHECKS ARE ACCEPTED.
PRE AND POST TRIP TOURS:Belize offers many exotic and exciting opportunities for fascinating inland excursions. Please check our Tour List for further details.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION:Controlled substances and illegal drugs are strictly prohibited aboard M/V Wave Dancer. Penalties for the sale, use or possession of controlled substances in Belize are SEVERE and Wave Dancer, Ltd., Wave Dancer (Belize), Ltd., Peter Hughes Diving, Inc., their officers, agents or staff can accept NO responsibility for any person(s) encountering difficulties with local authorities due to that persons involvement with the sale, use or possession of such controlled substances. Wave Dancer, Ltd., Wave Dancer (Belize), Ltd. and Peter Hughes Diving, Inc. subscribe to the ZERO TOLERANCE policy of the US Coast Guard.
Prior to any diving from the M/V Wave Dancer, you will be required to provide us with acceptable evidence of your diving certification and your level of experience. You will also be required to execute a legally binding release of Wave Dancer, Ltd., Wave Dancer (Belize), Ltd., Peter Hughes Diving, Inc., their officers, directors, employees and agents from any claims, causes of action, damages or liabilities which may arise from or in connection with your diving activities and to acknowledge that you understand the risks attendant with diving and 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 WAVE DANCER.
While we provide dive briefings prior to dives and limit our diving to no-decompression sport diving, each diver is responsible for his or her individual profile consistent with the standards and limitations of his or her certifying organization.
REEF PATROL: PLEASE respect the environment and dive safely. The M/V Wave Dancer crew and Peter Hughes Diving, Inc. encourage PERFECT BUOYANCY skills and basic ecological concepts in order to minimize any detrimental effects of divers and scuba diving within the reef system. We also offer and strongly encourage awareness-oriented courses such as Reef Ecology and Zen Diving (weightless).
On behalf of the M/V Wave Dancer crew, we look forward to seeing you aboard and providing you with a 1st class Peter Hughes Diving experience! If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact us.
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