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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II in
Saba

Caribbean Explorer II, Oct, 2007,

by Timothy L Bonnette, KS, USA ( 1 report). Report 3713.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments Large table for camera. The staff handled all equipment with care pre and post dive.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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