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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II in
Caribbean (General)/N/A

Caribbean Explorer II, Nov, 2005,

by Don Ward, MO, USA . Report 2195.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving 3Caymans 3x, Bonaire 4x, Belize, 3 Bay Islands 1x each, Curacao, Bahamas 2x, Cay Sol Bank, Fiji
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas
Water Temp 82 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Although they spoke of limits, like 110fsw for nitrox, etc. there was no rigid enforcement.
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 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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 The UWP set-up is typical of the good Caribbean live aboards, with plenty of room for workspace, rinse tanks, etc.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The CE II is a great value and well ran live aboard.

If you like live aboards and haven't dived Statia and Saba, this is an excellent trip that I highly recommend.

The diving at Statia and Saba were excellent. Highlights at Statia were dives in the marine reserve. The diving at St Kitts was above average at a couple sites.

The cook Tony and the purser, Paul -- who was clearly overqualified for his job-- were excellent. The DM/ photo pro C. Lee was also first rate. The other two dm were so-so, but where harmless and left us all alone which is what I want and expect.

The rooms were nice by live aboard standards with en-suite showers and heads.

We had sea wasps on a night dive at Saba and the crew got out the saltwater hoses to aid divers on exits. No one was stung.

This live aboard is the best value in the Caribbean!



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