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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures/Caribbean Explorer 1 in
Bahamas/Exuma

June, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Donald K. Wilson, NJ, USA
Report Number 4160
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Western Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, California coast, Kona coast,
Fiji, Australia, Bali, Red Sea, Maine, Canada (last 2 drysuit)
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny,windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
75   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Restrictions: depth, time, follow computer. Very thorough briefings.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 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  
Comments
U/w photographer/video friendly.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
2 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The crew were terrific, friendly, eager to assist; dive briefings were
detailed and thorough. But the Caribbean Explorer 1 is in serious need of
maintenance. Sometimes there was no fresh water pressure in the sinks. The
"purified" water was tinted and brackish (thank heaven for a good
stock of club soda). Cabin a/c did not cool. Only 2 days out of the week
did the Nitrox hit 32%, the rest of the time 27-29% (when I complained on
last day checkout, they credited me 50% on Nitrox charge).

But the hot water shower upon un-suiting was terrific.

The food was mediochre, 4-5 out of a 10. Eggs for breakfast only one
morning, the rest of the time, pancakes or French toast. But, vegetables
and fruit were fresh and good.

Diving conditions were good, although lettuce leaf and fishnet algae have
definitely proliferated since my last trip there 8 years ago.

Would I go back on the CE 1? Maybe yes, maybe no, depends on alternatives.

A suggestion to all...arrive a couple of days in advance or stay a couple
of days at the end, and go the 1 mile across the harbor to Stocking Island
and stay at Hotel Higgins Landing. See my separate review on this very
special paradise.
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