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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II/Ocean Terrace Inn in
Caribbean (General)/St. Kitts & Saba

August, 2015, an Instant Reader Report by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US
Contributor   (13 reports, with 9 Helpful votes)
"Undersea Delights in Northeastern Caribbean"
Report Number 8345
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Sudan, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Philippines, Palau, Fiji,
Solomon Islands, Raja Ampat, Turkey, Saba, St. Kitts, BVI, Barbados,
Tobago, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Statia, Nevis
Closest Airport
Getting There
American Airlines has good
timing on flights from US.

Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
return to boat with 500 psi, buddy-dive unless certified as a solo diver
(lots of freedom within that caveat)   If currents were strong or
visibility poor, we were asked to go down mooring line and meet at the
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
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5 stars
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My August diving trip on the Caribbean Explorer Liveaboard to St. Kitts and
Saba was delightful as always.  Im nearing ten excursions with Explorer
Ventures (, expected excellence, and got it again.

The Caribbean Explorer II is a 115 vessel with nine double staterooms,
including bunks and king sized beds.  My shower had good pressure, hot
water, and bed was comfortable.  There is adequate storage space and a few
hangers.  AC runs cool, and can only be controlled by closing the vent. 
The extra blanket provided is handy.   The sun deck is adjacent to the
dining area.  All diving is done from the Mother Boat, and a rubber dingy
is available for emergencies.  Good dive briefings are held in the dining
room, then we traipse downstairs to dive deck to gear up and giant stride. 
  Dive crew are very helpful in spotting potential problems with gear. 
Tanks are filled in place; nitrox is offered for a fee.  My nitrox fills
varied from 32-34%, and psi 3000-3200.
Twenty-seven dives were offered over 5 ½ days of diving; 7 nights on
board. Three days were spent at St. Kitts, and 2 ½ on Saba.  There
were 8 divers on board, all experienced divers.  Age range was about 35-70.
 The group was convivial, with a lot of table hopping at meals.  Some of
the crew and Captain Bob Magilligan usually joined us for dinner.  This
very experienced & conscientious Captain could always be depended up
for lively conversation, and I never could guess in which direction it
would go.  Purser Ashley was a ray of sunshine,helping out, and keeping
things upbeat.  Liam is a twenty-one year old divemaster from South Africa,
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By lyndad2 at Aug 30, 2015 20:02 EST  
Jeanne:  Thanks for your detailed report.  I've made 5 trips on CEX II
(four on the St Maarten to St. Kitts route and once in the Bahamas) and two
on T&C Explorer.  Just waiting for the right time to book another trip.
Glad to hear the sites and crew are still good (my last CEX trip was Aug
2014).  Monkey Shoals and the northern sites at St. Kitts is rarely dived
by the day boats, so the CEX II is about the only way to dive them.
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