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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II in
Caribbean (General)

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Foote, OH, US (1 report)
Report Number 1319

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Reporter
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Palau, Hawaii, Bahamas, Bonaire, Curacao

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy, dry  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
0
Water Visibility
25   to 75    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
?  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
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
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
5 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Fairly new boat is very clean and comfortable.  Crew seems to turn over
frequently but traditions of service and helpfulness carry through.  When
we arrived after 11 PM due to delayed connections, the captain, hostess,
and cook were waiting up with a hot meal.  There is a divemaster in the
water every dive, with special thanks to Captain Ian who dove one-on-one
with my wife a few times to help her get comfortable.  It is interesting to
dive three separate islands, though diving at each location is more limited
than shore-based operations as boat is restricted to larger buoys.  Coral
was generally in good shape and fish plentiful;  saw sharks/turtles on 25%
of dives.  I saw several Flying Gunards, which I'd never seen on other
Caribbean dives.  Saba dives are especially dramatic, and we were glad that
conditions finally permitted Diamond Rock signature dive on last morning. 
Tradeoff for warm water was lower vis. due to algae blooms.  Food was
plentiful and tasty, though not gourmet quality (cook said he was an army
cook for 20 years, 'nuff said).  Best meal was fresh fish brought aboard by
a local fisherman.  Shore tours in place of second afternoon dives were
very interesting, especially St. Kitts' Brimstone Hill Fortress,
"Gibralter of the West Indies" and Saba's one road.  If you are
making connections to St. Kitts via Liat or Winair (preferred - more
planes), allow 2-3 hours minimum in St. Martin.  I'm glad we did St. Kitts
to St. Martin itinerary as diving got more dramatic as the week progressed
and St. Martin was an interesting location for Friday overnight.      
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