Captains Log – 21 Dec 2014 – Ultimate Dive and Amazing Conditions

scuba diving belize Half Moon Caye Lighthouse Atoll Hamanasi

Hamanasi guest diver Yoepa swims with one of Half Moon Caye’s resident Caribbean Reef Sharks.

It seems each week our diving and conditions just keep getting better and better.  In our last report we were happy to share we helped Jocylen make dive number one-hundred out at Turneffe Atoll and this week, just a couple days later we had a boat full of excited divers making the “Ultimate Dive”, diving the top three best dive sites in Belize.  This consists of a dive at Turneffe Atoll and Belize’s famous Lighthouse Atoll and Halfmoon Caye.

Diving Belize Turneffe Atoll The Elbow Moray Eel

Giant Green Moray out for a stroll along The Elbow.

We started our day for the Ultimate Dive back at Turneffe Atoll at the Elbow.  The other day the Elbow was a great way to start the three tank dive trip and it also helped set up the great trip for our Ultimate Dive.  We had three dive groups on the boat.  Martin was diving with our new arrivals and underwater photographers Jeff and Behnaz while ‘Big Daddy’ Garif took group two with David, Robert, Brian, Yoepa, Mike and his daughter Tricia.  Our final group was Morgan who was working on completing her PADI Advanced Open Water with Belize Dive Instructor Roy.  The visibility was a little lower than it was a few days ago but it didn’t affect our dive.  From Spotted Eagle Rays, to free swimming Moray Eels, Octopus and some awesome little Nudibranchs everyone came up from the dive bragging about seeing something bigger (or smaller) and better.

Scuba diving Belize Half Moon Caye Lighthouse Reef Atoll

Tarpon hanging out in a Half Moon Caye Wall swim-through

During our first surface interval our captain Neal had the boat on the move to our next dive site an hour away at Half Moon Caye Wall.  As we arrived at Half Moon Caye Mother Nature shined down on us and the sunshine came out and made everything bright and sunny.  It was stunning.  All the small islands dotted around us as we geared up for our second dive.  Roy was first into the water with Morgan to do some skills while the other two groups weren’t far behind heading to the edge.  Half Moon Caye Wall is exactly what it sounds like.  The Wall starts at around 30 feet deep and plunges deep towards the abyss.  It was awesome.  We had a resident Caribbean Reef Shark swim with us through most of the dive with a couple late arrival sharks at the end to say good-bye as we headed to our safety stop.  We also enjoyed more Eagle Rays swimming past as we admired beautiful sponge and coral formations as we worked our way through the many underwater swim-throughs. I still think the highlight of the dive was the school of Tarpon we came upon in one of the swim-throughs. For those who have never seen a Tarpon I think they resemble a prehistoric cross between a Salmon and a Shark.  These were not overly large, just around three feet long with a couple bigger granddaddy four footers.  So cool to see in the swim through.

Scuba diving Belize Lighthouse Atoll Halfmoon Caye dive sites

Hamanasi’s Hanou dive boat sailing against blue skies and blue water.

During our second surface interval we took a detour and break from the boat to visit the Half Moon Caye Bird Sanctuary at Lighthouse Atoll.  it was such a perfect day for the visit.  The sun was shining and made for some great photo ops by everyone of the resident iguanas, Red Footed Boobies and Magnificent Frigate birds.

Scuba diving Belize Lighthouse Reef Atoll the Aquarium dive site

Spotted Eagle Ray swimming along the Aquarium dive site.

After lunch we headed back onto the dive boat for our third and final dive at the Aquarium.  After this dive I really think we should change the name to Eagle Ray Runway.  We saw Spotted Eagle Rays everywhere.  They were out in the blue water, in the deep below us, up on the shallow reef, they were all over.  At one point Vicky called me over to show me two of the prettiest blue nudibranchs we’ve seen in a long time.  The first part of our group even found a turtle when they were swimming into the shallows for their safety stop.  Such an amazing way to end a great day… and this was only the first day of the week!  The water just keeps getting nicer and nicer.

“The Beasts of Belize: Jungles and waters teem with rare species”

Wild Adventures in Belize

In April of 2006, travelers Karen Catchpole (writer) and Eric Mohl (photographer) embarked on the “Trans-Americas Journey”, a five year, 200,000 mile cross-country and cross-continental drive.  Their adventures took them recently to Hamanasi and many other parts of Belize.  The link below will take you to a recently published article describing their Belizean adventures!

“The Beasts of Belize”

Hamanasi Greens Its Dive Boat Fleet

Hamanasi's Hanou 45'

Hamanasi Greens Its Dive Boat Fleet

Just in time for the 2010 whale shark diving season, Hamanasi Adventure Dive Resort in Hopkins has added a new eco–friendly custom–built dive boat to its fleet. The Hanóu, which means “Trigger Fish” in native Garifuna, can carry up to 25 divers and features four–stroke engines, which dramatically reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. For more information about Hamanasi and its dive packages,visit www.hamanasi.com.

Nature’s Surprises

Sometimes Mother Nature surprises you with an unexpected encounter that is beautiful and thrilling!  These dolphins kept divers entertained throughout their dive yesterday as they searched for whale sharks.  No whale shark sightings for the day, but happy divers for the experience!

Hamanasi’s New Custom 45′ Dive Boat Arrives

IT’S HERE!  “Hopkins Divers”, Hamanasi’s in-house PADI Dive Center, just received a new custom-built 45′ dive boat!  This boat is equipped with three 200 hp 4-stroke Suzuki engines and will be an exciting addition to the Hamanasi fleet!  The arrival is  a great kick-off for the 2010 Whale Shark season, as well as our daily Barrier Reef dives and the beautiful Belizean Atolls! 

Hopkins Divers 45'

Hamanasi Gets a New Look…On Our Blog!

Hamanasi is very excited to announce the launch of our new blog “Hamanasi Happenings”!  The new and improved look is beautiful, user-friendly, and you can send interesting posts straight to Facebook and Twitter and see a spectacular photo gallery in Flickr.  So check it out and spread the word!

                                   The Hamanasi Team

Hamanasi Adventure & Dive Resort, Hopkins Village, Belize

Whale Sharks in Belize 2009!

As the Whale Shark season for 2009 comes to a close this week, it has been a very exciting year for diving at Hamansi Resort in Belize! The Whale Shark is the biggest fish in the sea, and divers are fortunate every year to be able to have an excellent chance at encountering these gentle giants during the full moon weeks of March, April, May and June.

Check out this video taken by a Hamanasi guest just last week!

Family Fun and Belize Adventure at Hamanasi Resort!

“I have to say that I have visited and dived in many places in the world – Kenya, Egypt, Maldives, Australia. Hawaii, the Persian Gulf and the Caribbean. I have to say truly that I loved Belize more than anywhere and especially Hamanasi.  Hamanasi is very similar to the world famous resort of Heron Island on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.  But the accommodation is better and you can do more than just dive.  You also have Hopkins Village life and the fabulous inland trips to make as well.  On top of that the friendliness, humour and care provided by your staff is incredible. You cannot help but love them all especially Pauline, Stephanie, Mark and Norton.  They gave us such great times.  And the guides – Lorenzo, Pedro and Hartfield – enthusiastic, proud and informative.  I haven’t even got round to the diving.  Beautiful reefs and all the help you could need from the dive masters and guides.  On top of it all – I dived with whale sharks.
I just cannot thank you enough for such a great family holiday. We will be back.”
Love, Dr Kevin Jones, April 2009

You are most welcome Kevin!  We can’t wait to have you back!

2009 Whale Shark Season Approaches in Belize!

The Whale Shark Season for 2009 will soon be here!!! We are so fortunate here in Belize that each year during the months of April, May and June, during the full moon cycle, we have the privilege of diving with these majestic fish!


Whale Shark Season 2008 Hamansi Resort, Belize

The 2008 Whale Shark Season has begun in Belize!
Hamanasi is once again experiencing success in our efforts to give guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience at diving with the gentle giants. The first full moon cycle occurred in March, and Hamanasi’s highly experienced dive team took guests to Gladden Spit to see and enjoy one of the many special diving opportunities that is unique to Belize! 2007 brought many exciting
encounters with the whale sharks, and 2008 is off to a great start, as well!
Watch for new postings of guests’ experiences and photos soon!