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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer I in
Bahamas/Southern Bahamas

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by IRENE LEE, AK, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 3404
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Alaska, Hawaii, Florida Keys, Pensacola, Northern Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No decompression diving allowed. Solo divers have to be certified in solo
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large camera table with dedicated towels and low pressure air hose.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
The trip was excellent. We departed from George Town, Great Exuma in the
Southern Bahamas and dived Conception Island, Long Island, and San Salvador
Island. I will definitely book with Explorer Ventures again. 

It was overcast many days but the diving was good and we had pretty much
100+ viz on most days. The wall dives off Conception Island were
spectacular! There were swim throughs that started at around 45 feet and
came out at 100ft. Saw lots of big rays, barracudas the size of a house,
and lots of schools of juvenile fish. Caribbean Reef sharks were everywhere
on Shark Reef. Five dives a day are offered and night dives every night
after dinner. 

The crew was excellent and very funny. The food was good and we all ate too
much. I was delighted to find plenty of club soda for me to drink since I
dislike soda. The rooms were very small but all our luggage fit under the
bed and the beds were comfortable.

The dive deck is very large and we all had plenty of room to spread out. I
love the big camera table especially since I was carrying my new video
camera and lights. They provide camera towels, Q-tips, and an air hose to
dry off the cameras. You also have the option of either going off the stern
or off the 2 side entry doors. We were seating right next to the side entry
ones so we always jumped off from there. Shorter swim to the anchor from
there and the extra 4 foot drop is more fun than just stepping into the
water from the stern.

The rooms were serviced every day and turn down service happened during
dinner every night. The air conditioning is very strong and I was glad I
had a light weight hoody to wear in the dining area. Very clean and no
musty smells anywhere. Completely barefoot cruise. You board and take off
your shoes and are not allowed to wear them again until the day you leave.
So be sure to bring anti-fungal foot powder. you will may need it by

George Town is not worth visiting, imo. There's nothing there. Glad we
stayed in Miami overnight instead. The only problem we encountered was upon
leaving George Town. The security women don't know what batteries look like
and made us pack our canister light batteries in checked baggage. They
didn't believe that they were harmless batteries and got pretty rude, fast.

This was a great trip and I recommend it to anyone looking for a liveaboard
in this area. Just be aware that the dives start out on walls that are
hundreds of feet deep and there is no shallow diving except for the shark
dive which was at around 35 feet and maybe one other wall that had a
shallow, 60 foot reef. The currents were mild and we really only had a
stiff current on one or two dives as I recall (one of them during one of
the night dives). 
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