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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer I in
Bahamas

Caribbean Explorer I, Aug, 2005,

by Don & Marilee Hughes, Mn, UDA (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 2623.

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

Weather sunny, cloudy, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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 work.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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