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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer 2 in

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Raymond Rowe, NY, usa
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Report Number 4448
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving

Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
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  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
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

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

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