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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II in
Caribbean (General)/Saba, St. Kitts

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Carol D Cox, FL, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6006
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida, North Carolina, Guam, Truk, Palau, Turks & Caicos, Caymans,
Honduras, Bahamas, Cozumel, Turkey, Cyprus, Red Sea
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet on Nitrox, 500 psi at boat, 70 minutes max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table adequate with our small group of 5 photogs, but would be
crowded with a full boat.  Same for rinse tanks.  Separate buckets for
masks and cameras a plus.  Camera gear only on camera table briefed and
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Just finished a week on the Caribbean Explorer II.  Our trip left out of
St. Maarten, visiting Saba and St. Kitts.  We werent able to leave on
Saturday night as planned due to flight and luggage problems for one
passenger.  Out of our small group of five divers two had missing
luggagepack your carryon carefully.  We missed our first dive on St.
Kitts, but that was made up later in the week with an early morning dive at
0600.  Our trip was blessed with relatively calm seas and gentle currents,
not always the norm for this tour.  The wind did make me chilly when wet,
but the captain kept us in seas that were easy to manage.  Our crew of 6
worked together like a well-oiled machine and you could feel the
comraderie.  The captain, Ian, kept us well informed on our schedule and
conditions.  Polly the Purser made it her mission to locate and deliver
lost luggage for our two passengers.  Jane the Cook, I hate you for putting
two pounds on me despite doing 26 dives.  She supplied us with delicious
home-cooked meals: steak, fried chicken breasts, ribs, shrimp and enough
sides to satisfy any diet whether it be low-carb, high-carb, or vegetarian.
 Robert, our engineer, quietly kept everything running behind the scenes. 
Then there were our dive guides, Brett and Lynn.  Brett had a great sense
of humor and was excellent at guiding the dives and pointing out
interesting critters.  Lynn, was an out-of-air-emergency waiting to
happen--I say that fondly because she had such a great eye for spotting
unusual creatures for my camera it would be easy for me to lose track of my
bottom time while taking photos.  I came back with photos of 7 different
kinds of shrimp and 5 different sea slugs, along with a few nice photos of
an orange sea horse and a squid.  We saw the usual damsels and butterflies,
along with jacks, hamlets, barracuda, a number of turtles, trunkfish,
trumpetfish, coneys, stingrays, wrasse, lizardfish, filefish, crabs, and
lots and lots of nurse sharks.  The two shore excursions were nice and much
needed to help us off-gas some of our O2 loading.  They were worked in so
we only had to miss one repeat dive on a reef.  This was the first trip
Ive ever been on where I had to shorten my dives near the end because my
computer was warning me of over-loading on O2.  If I did it again, I would
switch to Air for some of the shallow dives.  The boat had just come out of
dry-dock and the crew were still making some finishing touches, but this
was all done without impacting the guests.  The boat has been in service
for years (I did the same boat many years ago as the Sea Dancer in the
Turks and Caicos) and isnt fancy, but everything worked well and there was
plenty of hot water.  I loved the hot shower on the dive deck, the soapy
wet suit water barrel, and the separate mask and camera rinse buckets.  
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