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Dive Review of Explore Ventures/Caribean Explorer I in
Bahamas

Explore Ventures/Caribean Explorer I, Nov, 2007,

by Milann, Ca, USA ( 2 reports). Report 3752.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Fiji South Pacific Cozumal and several other places
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 60 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 air 110 nitrox buddy system
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 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Overall a good operation. The food could have been a little better. The boat is showing her age, she was a converted crew boat and is a little top heave, does not do well in big seas'. The crew was very good and tried to meet everyones needs. The place to dive is San Salvador island, everything else is kind of "ho hum". During this trip I had my regulator pluged up with Al Oxcide from poor tank maintenance. I cleaned my filter three times and finely got a different tank. One other person was haveing problems and actually had an out of air experance at depth.We checked her reg and it was pluged solid. Over all we found at least three tanks with this problem. The tanks are two years old and they claimed that they were just checked. (Vis). I don't believ this for a second. The tank valves had crud build up and the boat didn't have any way to get the valves out of the tanks (Vice)or a light or brush on board to check and clean the tanks. I would use this operation again but I would check for proper maintenance issues.
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