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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer I in
Bahamas/Sab Salvador & others

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by William S. Ungerman, CA, USA
Sr. Contributor   (24 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 3039
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Central, South Pacidic, California, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Mexico,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
83   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
13o fet on air; 110 feet on 32% Nitrox  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Photo table, air hoose, separate rinse tank
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
3 stars    
The CEX-1 is a nice boat.  You fly into George Town,Great Exuma where the
boat is docked.  Transport from the airport is not included and is about
$20.00 per person.  Boarding time is 1600 (4 PM) Saturday.  The boat is
listed as 110 feet in length but that's only if you include the bowsprit
and dive platform.  Really about 96 feet.  Cabins are extremely small and
all your luggage goes in there.  Pack minimally.  My wife and I had a
deluxe cabin (top deck) and the two daugters got the below deck cabin which
shares shower and head.

We first dove San Salvador for three days and the coral was in great shape,
except for the overwhelming algae growth.  The swim through and grottos
were impressive.  Marine life was minimal.  A shore excursion was offered
to see where Columbus ostensibly first came ashore in the New World.  Next
we moved to Conception.  Here the algae problem cleared up but the fish
life did not materially improve.  Two days later we travelled to Long
Island which held some pretty good Bahamas diving, absent swarms of fish. 
On Friday we motored back to Stocking Island off Great Exuma and dove a tug
wreck which was very interesting.  Altogether, 27 dives are offered.

Our fifteen year old daughter took her Advanced Open Water class on the
trip and was enthralled with the instruction.  It was indeed competent,
knowledgeable, and extremely professional.  This comment applies to the
vast majority of the crew.  The Captain is priceless, full of dry British
humor.  There is always someone to help you or dive with you.

This was a good trip, a perfect family liveaboard vacation.  Our
eleven-year-old daughter was a bit apprensive about spending a week on a
boat but soon rolled right into it.  Now both of them are insisting on
liveaboard vacations.

The CEX-1 (as far as acomodations is concerned) is not quite up to Hughes
or Aggressor standards, but then again you're paying much less.  It offered
by far more amenities than Blackbeard Cruises did and the price
differencial is not that much removed.  Remember, to the cost of the basic
trip, you must add the fuel surcharge, port tax, transportion and dock

On balance, a fine and memorable trip.  I'd go with Explorer Adventurers
again but probably on one of their other boats.

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