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Dive Review of Caribbean explorer I/live-aboard in
Bahamas/Northern islands

Caribbean explorer I/live-aboard, Jun, 2005,

by Bruce Watson, Ill, USA . Report 1835.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Cabo to Cozumel, North carolina to the Netherlands Antilees
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 75 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 25 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions piss-poor dive-master supervision
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments great photo opportunities, we were there during a coral spawning

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

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Pooorly organized boat, manned by incompotent or incapable crew, they seemed to be rather enjoying their selves at the expense of safety and commonsense. Two divemasters I wouldn't put in the shallow end of the kiddy pool. Safety issues too numerous to list,up to and including multiple staircase problems (insufficient skid-proofing and missing handrails) a supposedly refitted boat with persistant ventilation and plumbing problems. When a live-aboard diving company solicits customers, don't you think it's a good idea to tell the paying clients, that their slightly discounted boat trip comes with major discounts in accomodations ie: 14 bottles of hard liquer for 18 guests for 7 days (including, but not limited to some very rare Puerto Rican Vodka<less than tasty> and a lovely assortment of obscure liquers and cordials)just to give one example of how this all-inclusive was anything but. But my favorite part was the boat caption getting stuck on a sand bar at the mouth of the harbor as we were supposed to be getting underway on the first day, delaying our days diving by several hours and foreshadowing what turned out to be a poorly run and disorganized trip. The food was OK,considering what a neurotic dingbat the cook turned out to be.
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