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

Explorer Ventures/Caribbean Explorer II, May, 2014,

by Jeffrey D Hubbard MD, NY, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 24 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 7621.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Hawai'i, Fiji, Micronesia, Australia, PNG, Brazil
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 81 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limit 130 ft on air OR 110 ft on 32% nitrox
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 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 4 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 3 stars
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Comments This was our 29th liveaboard, and the international crew was among the most diligent, friendly and careful we have known. Six crew for 17 divers means hard work, and they were all up to it. Engineer Brett did (what looked like) a major 1st/2d stage regulator field repair while the owner dived on a loan reg. Purser Maria was everywhere, doing nearly everything. Chef Jane produced an endless array of delicious meals and after-dive treats, and was always attentive to special food requests. The dive deck staff is everybody on the crew, though Leslie & Martin were the official dive guides, and everyone on the crew, especial ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Jun 10, 2014 10:01 EST  
I've been this itinerary 4 times and Aug 9-16 will be my 5th. Looks like you unsual poor viz on some SK dives; don't recall having that problem. Best site on SK (only done on on trip) was Monkey Shoals, which is far south. I try to avoid packs of photographers, because I'v been kicked HARD to many times, but prefer to wait until they've moved on. 130 on ai and 110 on NITROX aren't "arbitrary" dive limits, but standard recommedations. Given the turnaround time until next dive and full boat, it probably wouldn't be practical to change the mix for one dive.
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