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Dive Review of EXPLORER VENTURES/EXPLORER 1 in
Bahamas

EXPLORER VENTURES/EXPLORER 1, May, 2008,

by Warren Sprung, TX, United States ( 2 reports). Report 4140.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean, Fiji, Palau, Socorro, Red Sea, Indonesia, Galapagos, Los Roques, Gulf Of Mexico, Florida Keys.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 4
Water Visibility 80 to 125 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110 FSW W/EAN.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
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 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Great 3-level camera table and charging booth on dive deck. Fresh water tank for camera gear and another with soap for wetsuits. All water changed daily.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The good is that the Bahamas diving was much better than we ever expected! Saw a couple of hammerheads and plenty of turtles and reef sharks. Coral appeared healthy, vis was always good. I'd highly recommend it.

The boat is a bit shopworn. There were 17 divers, and were told an unusually large % of us were using Nitrox, which required the use of the A/C compressors to be taken away from air-conditioning (learn something new every day). We probably averaged 25% Nitrox. Consequences was it was hot in the cabins and eating areas all day every day. At night the cabins all cooled off very nicely. And cabins were cleaned thoroughly each morning.

This crew is off the scale wonderful! Every person equalled or surpassed any and every live-aboard we've ever been on. My wife has a replaced knee and the other is about to be replaced; the crew almost fought over which of them would carry her gear down to the platform and help her put it on. Same at the end of her dives. Remarkable service from Captain Lowell on down!

Dive briefings were thorough and there were always 2 divemasters in the water, one for a long dive--the other for a shorter dive. You could follow either or neither as you wished.

On one dive a diver had forgotten to open her air valve all the way. She was in front of us with her dive buddy right at hand. All of a sudden Captain Lowell shot in front of us to hand her his regulator before her dive buddy (or we) even knew what was happening. That kind of attention was paid to all of uson the boat and in the water.

One tip: if you go, try to go through Ft. Lauderdale rather than Miami. Much easier transit both ways.
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