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

November, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Don Ward, MO, USA (1 report)
Report Number 2195

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Reporter
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

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 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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  
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  
 
 

Overall Rating

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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