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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer I in

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Don & Marilee Hughes, Mn, UDA
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Report Number 2623
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Belize, Florida, Turks & Caicos, Saba, Statia, St.Kitts
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
82   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 feet on air, 110 feet on nitrox, no decompression diving, back to boat
with 500 psi,  no diving after alcohol intake.  No solo diving unless
certified.  Solo certification could be provided on board.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Crew did a great job of keeping the camera table dedicated to only cameras.
 Camera towels provided.  Similarly, rinse tank for cameras was clean and
only used for cameras.  Three strip chargers provided at charging station. 
Crew was careful with camera hand off and very respectful of camera gear. 
In cabin laptop work had to be completed on bunk or sink vanity.  However,
electrical outlets located at each table in salon were handy for laptop
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
A great week of Bahamas diving was experienced beginning with the first
dive Sunday morning in San Salvador, then back to Conception Island and
Long Island before returning to Georgetown Friday afternoon.  Twenty-seven
dives were possible during the week.  First dive of the day was after
breakfast.  Night dives were after supper.  Each divers depth and remaining
air was recorded at the end of dives.  A dive master was available as a
dive buddy or to provide a guided tour if requested.  All reefs we visited
were in good condition.  Notable was the beautiful walls of San Salvador
with Elephant Ear Sponges, Gorgonians, and Black Coral.  Usual Caribbean
assortment of tropicals, smaller critters, and macro subjects present, also
including Swimming Crinoids, Arrow Blennies, Neck Crabs, Leech Headshield
Slugs, Tunicates, and a Common Comet Star.  Lionfish were seen on several
dives.  Hammerheads were seen on a number of the dives.  Crew was
attentive, jovial, friendly, and always willing to assist.  The crew had a
good attitude, functioned well together as a team and seemed to enjoy their
jobs.  Tropical Storm Chris was bearing down on our path mid-trip.  The
Captain provided twice a day briefings with maps and printed reports
keeping us keenly informed with the latest information.  Fortunately, Chris
wobbled course and weakened.  Subsequently, we finished our week of diving
without any interference from Chris.  An unannounced emergency drill was
conducted by the crew and required by all people on board.  Tank fills
averaged about 3100 psi.  Nitrox fills averaged 31%.  Two hot water showers
above dive platform.  Boat was in good repair and clean.  Lower rooms have
a vanity, but share showers and toilets.  Upper rooms all have private bath
and toilet.  Room AC worked well.  Comfortable bed.  Rooms cleaned during
breakfast.  Substantial storage area under bunks for luggage.  Beds turned
down in evening.  Towels changed mid-week.  Hot water was dependable.  Good
lighting in room, including bright reading light in bed and well placed
light over vanity mirror.  Connections were provided for listening to Ipods
through the boat sound system on the upper deck.  Food was good and
plentiful.  Between dive snacks was provided.  Coffee, tea, pop, wines,
local beer and Heineken with the usual assortment of hard liquor was
present.  The Captain requested to know if a specific hard liquor wasnt
present on the boat so they could try to fill the request.  It was a good
week of diving and a bargain for the money.          
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