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Dive Review of Big Blue Explorer in

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Rick Hart, TX, USA
Report Number 958
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Throughout the Carribean and Costa Rica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, rainy  
choppy, currents  
Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
The crew HIGHLY encouraged the use of dive computers.  You could dive with
the guide or with your buddy at your own profile.  Most everyone used
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
All the dives were minutes away from the main ship.  The main ship had a
room dedicated to photgraphic equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
The ship is an old Japanese communication vessel.  The good news is that it
is huge!  There is lots of room to move around and the ship is stable.  The
bad news is that because it was built to Japanese hieght standards, you may
have some areas like the stairs that are low and you will bump your head. 
The beds are short and the matteresses are really thin.  Having said all
this, the crew (particularly Lynne - mgr) are happy to take care of any
needs they can.  My hot water was out on my shower and I mentioned this to
Lynne before a dive, and it was fixed when I got back.  The crew is very
knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun,  The food is buffet style and very
very good.  Sharks were everywhere.  This is a high energy dive experience.
 Those who were not NITROX certified took the course.  The video of the
dives were awesome.  This is truely a dive trip of a lifetime (Jellyfish
Lake, Blue Corner, German Channe, Crystal Cavern, and sharks sharks
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