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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II in

October, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Timothy L Bonnette, KS, USA (1 report)
Report Number 3713
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Belize, Bahamas, Curacao, Bonaire, Dominica, Utila, Roatan,
Florida, Costa Rica, Palau, Yap, Grand Turk, Australia
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive time limit of 60-70 minutes due to liveaboard schedule.  In Statia had
park ranger present on all dives but the fellow by the name of
"Gadget" is very nice and you have to appreciate their desire to
care for reef.     
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
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large table for camera.  The staff handled all equipment with care pre and
post dive.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
CEX II itinerary runs from St. Martin or St. Kitts with diving in Saba,
Statia and St. Kitts.  We choose the St. Martin departure with flight out
of St. Kitts.  On this itinerary you dive three days in Saba, one day at
Statia and the remaining day and a half at St. Kitts.  We saw an abundance
of frogfish, highhats, jacknife fish, spotted drums, octopus, barracudas,
turtles, horse-eye jacks, spiney lobsters, flying gurnards, nurse and
several reef sharks. 

Cabins were a little small but to be expected on an older boat.  Facilities
were clean and well kept.  The crew were very energetic and efficient. 
Briefings were adequate and most divers were allowed to choose their own
profile except in Statia due to Park requirments.  The food was very good. 
The Chef was a young man named Zack who was a very enthusiastic about his
cooking and we ate well for the week with a variety of food being provided
for our meals. 

We did the land tours on Saba and Statia in place of a dive.  I would not
recommend the tours.  One one hand we wanted to see the island but you have
to miss a dive and what can you really see in a few hours.  A land tour is
also offered in St. Kitts on Friday before your departure.  I would
recommend trying to schedule that land tour for Saturday morning if you
have a late or early afternoon departure.  You have to leave the boat after
9a.m. which is inconvenient.  If you are not able to take the land tour I
would recommend having the crew schedule you at one of the hotels like the
Marriott so you can swim and relax.  We had 5 hours to kill walking around
and the town is not that big.

CEXII is a great liveaboard for experienced divers.  It has accommodations
for up to 18 but we had only 7 divers for the week with six crew.  I do not
know if the same level of service would have been available if there had
been 18 divers.  We liked the itinerary of diving three islands along with
the health of the coral and reef life.

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