Main Menu
Join Undercurrent on Facebook

The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975 | |
For Divers since 1975
The Private, Exclusive Guide for Serious Divers Since 1975
Join Undercurrent on Facebook
"Best of the Web: scuba tips no other
source dares to publish" -- Forbes

Dive Review of Explorer Ventures in

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by James Bolton, GA, USA
Report Number 1417
Subscribers: Submit Your Reader Report Here
Subscribe Now Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.
Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Varied Carribean sites
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
At Statia, all dives on reef were required to be supervised by park rangers
from Statia.  Otherwise, normal recreational limits were enforced.  Dives
had a maximum time limit of 75 minutes.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Seperate rinse tank provided.  Charging area provided.  Large workspace
available for cameras only.  Crew was prepared and able to help with camera
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Carribean Explorer II is in good condition.  The cabins are comfortable but
the boat's diesel is relatively noisy, even in the most forward cabins.  I
think light sleepers may have some difficulty.  Thankfully there were only
11 divers on board.  The boats' capacity is 18 but the cabins would feel
extremely small for two persons and there is not seating for 18 at meals. 
Compared to places such as Lighthouse Reef in Belize and West Cacios, the
condition of the coral is not that good.  Diving on the pinacles off Saba
feels more adventurous but not one in eleven wanted to do more diving there
when offered.  I think this is because at the depth, the dives are short,
currents somewhat stronger and much less in the way of reef life.

Overall, there is a great variety of crabs, lobsters, eels, worms, shrimp
and sea slugs; things you may not see often at other locations.  Perhaps
due to the recent storms, much of the shallower areas were covered in a
layer of silt giving much of the reef a brown tinge.  Visibility ranged
from good to murky, despite the very calm conditions on the surface and
little current at depth at most of the other dive sites.

The Carribean Explorer crew does not pamper the way that Peter Hughes boats
are known to do.  Captain Jim was personable enough as well as John the
cook.  The crew is turning over almost completely except for the captain. 
John the cook is moving down to the dive deck and should be a welcome
replacement.  Dominique is now aboard as cook and hopefully that will be a
welcome change as well.
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 103 dive reviews of Saba and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Other dive reports on Explorer Ventures

All Saba Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to Saba
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Want to assemble your own collection of Saba reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Want to get more articles like these and
other important scuba updates sent monthly to your email?
And a FREE Recent Issue of Undercurrent

Free Undercurrent Issue
Get our free monthly Online Update, and a sample issue!

Find in  

| Home | Online Members Area | My Account |
| Travel Index | Dive Gear Index | Health/Safety Index | Environment & Misc. Index | Seasonal Planner | Forums | Blogs | Free Articles | Book Picks | News |
| Dive Resort & Liveaboard Reviews | Featured Reports | Recent Issues | Back Issues | Login | Join | Special Offers | RSS | FAQ | About Us | Contact Us | Links |

Copyright © 1996-2017 Undercurrent (
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.