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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures Caribbean Explorer I in
Bahamas/Exuma

Explorer Ventures Caribbean Explorer I, Feb, 2007,

by Tom Hoffman, Iowa, USA . Report 3217.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 76 to 90 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 for air, 110 for nitrox
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish 2 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 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 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments This was our 3rd live aboard. 2 others with Black Beards. I wanted to get a larger more comfortable boat. The boat met all my expectations and then some. The warm water showers on the fan tail after diving to rinse off were wonderful. The overall accomodations were good and the service and care by the crew were first rate.

I wanted to go to an area of the Bahamas further away with the belief that we would see more and larger fish, unfortunately the opposite was the case. Many less and smaller was the case. A few sharks on a wall drift dive and that was all. The one notable exception was Lion Fish were seen on almost every dive.

It was a plesant trip and many good new friendships were made. The divers were a mixed group all were over 40, some way over. Every one was very kind and helpful.

I would recommend the Operation and the Company. The diving was a little disapointing. The wall coral was magnificant and alive, the coral heads and many dive site other than the walls, most corals were dead and a few very small fish. Nothing big or in large numbers.

I will go on another trip with this operation, but probably not this particluar boat.

By the way, Accomodations on Exuma are not much and poor service seems to abound. The one hotel in the main part of town is to be avoided.
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