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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II in

July, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Roger and Pam Smith, AL, USA
Report Number 1392
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Roatan, Cozumel, St. Croix, Turks & Caicos, and  Fiji.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Normal depth limits for air (130ft) and Nitrox (as calculated).  Back on
boat with 500 psi.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
The Caribbean Explorer II is an older boat, built in 1978, but is clean and
in good condition.  Our cabin, #6, had an extremely small shower with
plenty of hot water, which was separate from the toilet and sink.  There
are no individual controls for the air in the cabins.  Most people thought
the cabins were a little cold, but they offered plenty of blankets!  The
dive deck is nice and roomy with a large camera table and several rinse
tanks.  There is one warm shower on the dive deck but we were asked to not
use soap because the deck gets slippery.

The crew was one of the best weve experienced.  They always had smiles on
their faces and didnt seem to mind any requests.  They were easy going and
excited about diving.

The food was good and plentiful. Nothing spicy or fancy. Great snacks in
the morning and afternoon.

We boarded the boat in St. Maarten, dove Saba, Statia and St. Kitts before
disembarking at St. Kitts.  We spent 3 days diving Saba since it is
generally considered the best of the three islands.  Eye of the Needle and
Diamond Rock were spectacular dive sites.  There was some current/surge on
most dives, especially at the surface to around 30 feet. It usually wasnt
too strong, but a few times we were flying like kites on the mooring line. 
Expect to swim against a little current on most dives.  This would be a
good place for drift diving, but they are not set up for it.

On most dives we saw turtles, Pederson Shrimp, Arrow Crabs, Nurse Sharks,
Lettuce Sea Slugs, Queen Triggefish and eels.  On a few dives we saw
Caribbean Reef Sharks, octopi, and Flying Gunards. 

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and hope to repeat it.
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