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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures Caribbean Explorer II in
Caribbean (General)

Explorer Ventures Caribbean Explorer II, Dec, 2006,

by David McDougall, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 3107.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Costa Rica, Hawaii, Oahu, Moorea, Rangiroa, Seychelles, Scotland, Bonaire, Curacao, Grand Cayman, Kenya, Bahamas, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 79 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Boat rules were 70 minutes bottom time max
110 feet Nitrox
140 feet Air
On Statia all dives were guided due to marine park regulations
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments The boat had excellent provisions for UWP. 2 large rinse bins for cameras/videos only, camera/video only table. Selection of tools including compressed air hose.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Dive crew were excellent, very accomodating and helpful. Cooking was phenomenal, Tony the chef was outstanding, catering for the several vegans / vegetarians on board. Dive briefings were professional and informative. Accommodations were small but adequate. Macro life was a little limited from what I was expecting. State of the reefs in some areas was quite poor. This was my first liveaboard and because of my experience on the Caribbean Explorer II it will most certainly not be my last. Captain Ian Marriot was an excellent Captain, host and good company with it.
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