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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer 2 in
Bahamas

Caribbean Explorer 2, Jun, 2008,

by Raymond Rowe, NY, usa (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 4448.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 0-25 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The most notable thing about the Eastern Bahamas was the large number of lion fish. They had really settled into this area. The other notable thing was that the reefs on San Salvador Island had more green algae growing than I had ever seen before. In some areas the reef looked like a hillside covered with grass and weeds. Notwithstanding, there were lots of fish on the reefs, especially large parrot fish. I saw groups of large blue parrot fish as well as slightly smaller varieties. Lots of sting rays on the sand; each with a Jack swimming right above it to share in any meal.

The other islands did not have the algae problem and we had a diverse hard and soft coral and sponge population. Again, lots of fish on the reef and lots of reef sharks in the distance. Nice swim-throughs on many dives.

Abundant pelagic fish; jacks were abundant, many sharks. I saw one very large scalloped hammerhead that was cruising the reef just past us. Several hammerheads were seen in the trip. Large groupers; one called Oscar that came right up to divers and expected to be petted.

Our last dive at Long Island was at 35 ft for up to 90 minutes watching reef sharks that came to see if we were going to feed them. The dive masters do not feed these sharks at all but apparently some other operations do. I had mixed feelings about the idea. Watching the sharks was terrific but in the back of my mind, I wondered if there could be a problem.

The Caribbean Explorer 2 has seen its day, but the operation was first class. Crew was excellent, pointing out points of interest as well as helping out liberally when we came back to the boat. Nice hot water showers right on the dive deck, plenty of hot towels. Tanks were filled in your rack with 30-32% nitrox or air.

Food was filling but not outstanding. I didn't complain but don't expect much more than diner cooking. The crew seems to rotate taking turns as cook.

The trip was a huge value for the price. I'd do it again anytime.
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