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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures --Caribbean Explorer II in

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Bonnie MacKenzie, BC, CA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6066
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Turks and Caicos, Costa Rica, BC, California.
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
70 minutes max
130 ft for air
110 ft for nitrox  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
dedicated roomy camera table, charging area.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
We had an excellent time, and love the live-aboard experience.  The crew of
CEX was professional, friendly, and knowledgeable.  Chef Tuna did an
impressive job meal after meal, and even a picky eater like me with an
allergy thrown in came away very impressed.  There were only 6 guests on
board this week (there is room for 18) so we had a luxurious amount of
space on the dive deck, sundeck, and dining room.  Our cabin was small with
limited space to unpack, but was clean and met expectations.  You could
dive up to 5 times per day, and you could also eat 5 times per day!  Throw
in the odd nap here and there, and the days just flew by.  The seas were
unusually calm this week, so Captain Ian gave us a very smooth voyage and
we were fortunate enough to dive some sites that are not typically visited
by CEX when the weather is rougher and the group is bigger.

Although not as well travelled as many people who leave reviews on this
site, my husband and I thought that Saba and St. Kitts had excellent diving
- beautiful reefs and coral pinnacles, sand and grass to poke through, and
some wrecks.  Lots of corals, sponges, fish, and critters.  Bigger stuff
included multiple sightings of turtles, curious nurse sharks, stingrays. 
There were lots of amusing critters to find in the sand and countless
species of fish and shellfish on the reefs which I dutifully tried to
identify after each dive with the help of the dive staff and other divers.

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.  We definitely recommend Saba
and St Kitts as well as Explorer Ventures, and are looking forward to
booking a future trip with Explorer Ventures. 
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