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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures in
St. Eustatius

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Chris Cubbison, OH, USA
Report Number 2587
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys and Atlantic coast, Florida springs (many), central US
freshwater quarries
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Surface with 500 psi; stay with buddy unless certified as solo diver (they
offered that certification); observe Nitrox depth limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Standard camera tables/charging station and rinse tank
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
We departed from St. Maarten on the Caribbean Explorer II and dived 2 days
at Saba (the best dives of the trip), 2 days at St. Eustatius and 1.5 days
at St. Kitts.  Five dives per day were offered (27 in all) incl. night
dives each nite. Only 7 divers on a boat designed for 18 meant lots of
space on the dive deck and attention by the dive staff.  Crew was as nice
and helpful as I could ever imagine.  Briefings were good and guides always
available. Several PADI classes available (I got NITROX certified - others
took AOW class).  Tanks always filled in excess of 3100 psi with absolutely
no pressure to end dives early and no unreasonable restrictions.  The best
dives were at Saba with vertical walls and tons of colorful marine life.
St. Eustatius was great too but less color.  St. Kitts was the least
interesting but I learned to find the small critters and cleaner shrimp
stations which were everywhere.  A hot, fresh water rinse awaited when we
emerged and the crew had hot water ready to pour into our suits after night
dives-hot chocolate and hot towls on the dive deck too. Entry was by giant
stride (@5 ft) off the side with twin ladders and help from the crew at the
stern.  Grant, the S.African Captain, brought me to the bridge for the
night passage to St. Kitts after I expressed interest in the navigation and
communication eqpt.  They used redundant GPS gear to drive directly to a
buoy that was actually submerged at the time. Impressive!  The food was
mostly American but all of it was great.  No requests went unaccomodated
incl. unlimited milk with my meals. Lots of beverage variety incl.
alcoholic at no extra charge when diving was done. Cabins were small but
most had private heads. Definitely ask for dive deck cabins if available -
much more convenient than lower deck.  I would go again in a heartbeat.
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