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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II in
St. Kitts and Nevis

November, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Michael J. Millet, CA, US
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Report Number 5866
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Indonesia, Solomon Islands, GBR, Palau, Yap, Kosrae, Galapagos, Fiji,
Vanuatu, Revillagigedos, All over the Caribbean. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limit of 110" and time limit of 70 minutes. No deco diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
The dive boat has a very spacious camera table with compressed air.
Also,towels were provided specifically for the cameras. The marine life was
fairly good for the Caribbean.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
4 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Boarded the Caribbean Explorer II (CEX II) in St.Maarten. The crew was nice
enough to allow us to stow our luggage at the boat before the official
boarding. The crew were all very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. I had
a single cabin that was fine for one person but would have been a bit tight
for 2. The cabins do not have their A/C control so they were frigid most of
the time. The only way to attempt to keep the the temperature up was to
keep the cabin door open.
All meals are buffet and the food was plentiful and quite tasty. Beer, wine
and alcohol are included. This trip had 12 divers so the dining area was
adequate. With 18 divers, it would be a bit crowded.

The dive deck is roomy enough with each station have below bench gear
storage. Nitrox is available for $150. The nitrox was supposed to be 32%
but I never had a tank over 30%. All the diving is from the big boat; no
skiff diving.

From St. Maarten, we motored overnight to Saba where we dived for 3 days.
The primary dive sites are The Pinnacle, Diamond Rockand Man'O War Shoals.
The dive conditions were affected by the weather bands form Hurricane Tomas
so we had choppy water and cloudy skies. We did a 2 hour land excursion
that was worthwhile.

The next 2 1/2 half days were spent diving St. Kitt and Nevis. Off these
islands, we dived Paradise Reef, Anchors Aweigh, Monkey Shoals and the 2
wrecks, the Corinthian and the River Taw. The viz was very low at both
wrecks making navigation and photography difficult. We had a great land
excursion that included the Brimstone Hill Fortress. 

The marine life at all 3 islands included: moray eel, juvenile reef fish.
barracuda, turtles, sailfin blennies, reef squid, sting rays, shrimp, crab,
lettuce seaslugs and few seahorses.

This trip was a pleasant experience but I doubt if I'll do it again. I do
plan on doing the CEX II trip in the Bahamas.

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