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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures Caribbean Explorer I in

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Hoffman, Iowa, USA
Report Number 3217
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
76   to 90    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 for air, 110 for nitrox  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
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  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
This was our 3rd live aboard.  2 others with Black Beards.  I wanted to get
a larger more comfortable boat.  The boat met all my expectations and then
some.  The warm water showers on the fan tail after diving to rinse off
were wonderful.  The overall accomodations were good and the service and
care by the crew were first rate.

I wanted to go to an area of the Bahamas further away with the belief that
we would see more and larger fish,  unfortunately the opposite was the
case.   Many less and smaller was the case.  A few sharks on a wall drift
dive and that was all.  The one notable exception was Lion Fish were seen
on almost every dive.

It was a plesant trip and many good new friendships were made.  The divers
were a mixed group all were over 40, some way over.  Every one was very
kind and helpful.

I would recommend the Operation and the Company.  The diving was a little
disapointing.   The wall coral was magnificant and alive, the  coral heads
and many dive site other than the walls,  most corals were dead and a few
very small fish.  Nothing big or in large numbers.  

I will go on another trip with this operation, but probably not this
particluar boat.

By the way, Accomodations on Exuma are not much and poor service seems to
abound.  The one hotel in the main part of town is to be avoided.  
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