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

Caribbean Explorer II/Ocean Terrace Inn: "Undersea Delights in Northeastern Caribbean", Aug, 2015,

by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 12 Helpful votes). Report 8345.

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 St.Kitts Getting There American Airlines has good timing on flights from US.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
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 bottom.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments 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 (www.explorerventures.com), 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, ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US 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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