Your home away from home on this adventure will be the M/V Sun Dancer II. At 138 feet (42m) in length, with a beam of 26 feet (8m) and a draft of 8 feet (2.4m), displacing 371 gross tons, the M/V Sun Dancer II is the largest vessel to travel to the Silver Bank. Originally built for offshore service, this impressive vessel is solidly built and kind in her sea keeping manners. With safety always in mind, the M/V Sun Dancer II fully complies with all international regulations governing safety equipment, personnel, training and watchkeeping.
Sun Dancer II 300x200 The M/V Sun Dancer IIThe M/V Sun Dancer II is outfitted with a complete line of modern marine electronics including GPS (Global Positioning System) receivers, VHF (short range) and SSB (long range) radios, radar, echo depth sounder, weather fax, auto pilot, satellite telephone, and EPIRB (Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon).
The M/V Sun Dancer II features a total of four decks, including three passenger decks. All decks are spacious, comfortable, and well appointed, with air conditioning to all interior areas. Interior areas are well lit by picture windows so the whale watching doesn’t have to stop just because you are indoors!
The Main Deck
For guest accommodations, the M/V Sun Dancer II sleeps a maximum of 18 guests in nine staterooms located on the Main Deck. There are two Master Staterooms, each with a single queen-sized bed, which makes them ideal for couples; and seven Deluxe Staterooms, configurable with either two twin beds or one king-sized bed, ideal for singles or couples alike. Every stateroom has en suite facilities, individual climate controls, picture windows and flat screen TV with DVD players. They also provide a mirrored cabinet, wardrobe, bathrobes, hairdryer, toiletries, and fresh towels daily. Electricity throughout is 110 volts AC, provided from US style outlets.
The aft portion of the Main Deck contains the spacious Dive Deck featuring two freshwater showers, warm fresh towels, and separate rinse tanks for cameras and snorkel gear. For the photographer, there are two large camera tables, and each guest has their own dedicated gear station. Wet suits can be hung on the ample hangers provided.
The Lido Deck
Salon Green 150x150 The M/V Sun Dancer IIThe Lido Deck is the location of the beautiful main salon. With air conditioning and picture windows, the salon is a delightful place to relax, with comfortable seating for the entire party. The salon is where guests will enjoy their meals, and is the venue of various presentations, gatherings and discussions throughout the week. The salon hosts a bar, and is equipped with a complete entertainment center featuring a 50″ plasma flat screen TV.
Sundowner Conversations1 150x150 The M/V Sun Dancer IIThe aft portion of the Lido Deck offers a spacious alfresco seating area and a large wet bar. This area is an ideal place for guests to relax while offering a comfortable place to watch for whales when not aboard the tenders. The Lido Deck is the setting of our sundowner celebrations each evening.
The Sky Deck
Sky Deck Whale Watchers 150x150 The M/V Sun Dancer IIThe Sky Deck is located on the highest level of the vessel. Almost as large as a tennis court, it offers open and covered areas with chaise lounges and hammocks for guests to relax and soak up the sun or enjoy the refreshing sea breeze in the shade. The high elevation of the Sky Deck makes it the ideal vantage point for whale watching by day and spectacular star gazing by night.
Crew and Dining
With a professional and experienced crew of eight plus two Conscious Breath Adventures staff, the M/V Sun Dancer II has a high crew to passenger ratio. The M/V Sun Dancer II maintains an industry wide reputation for excellence, so guests can rest assured that their needs will be attended to quickly and efficiently.
Guests aboard the M/V Sun Dancer II can anticipate a delightful culinary experience. The M/V Sun Dancer II is proud to offer a hearty menu that includes choices for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The chef aboard is continually refining his art and the menu and utilizes fresh and local products whenever possible.
Table Setting Closeup1 150x150 The M/V Sun Dancer IIThe day starts with a hearty breakfast offering hot and cold selections. Lunch is a relaxed and casual buffet with indoor or alfresco dining, while between meals and while aboard the whale boat, guests will have ample snacks available to keep them satisfied. The evening meal is a delicious full service four course dinner. In addition, there is an assortment of beverages available, including water, coffee, tea, juices and sodas. A selection of wine and local beer is also provided at no additional cost.
The chef of the M/V Sun Dancer II is experienced with addressing special dietary requirements. However, it is very important that those with special dietary needs inform Conscious Breath Adventures well in advance of your expedition so that we can consult with you to identify if and how we may or may not be able to meet your dietary needs.
M/V Sun Dancer II Specs
Vessel: M/V Sun Dancer II
Port of Registry: Belize
Year of Construction: 1995/1996
Type: Mono Hull
Length: 138 feet
Beam: 26 feet
Draft: 8 feet
Max Passengers: 18
Number of Crew: 8
Tenders: Two 25 foot tenders with twin outboard motors
Fuel Capacity: 5700 gallons
Fresh Water Capacity: 3500 gallons
Desalination Production: 3200 gallons per day
Cruising Speed: 10 knots
Range: 1200 nautical miles
Navigation Aids: VHF, SSB, Radar, Echo Sounder, Auto pilot, GPS, Weather Fax
Oxygen On Board: Yes
Voltage: 110 volts from US-style outlets
Air-conditioning: To all indoor areas, with individual cabin controls
Digital camera rental: Camera rental, Photo instruction
Length of Charters: 7 night itineraries, Saturday to Saturday