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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures/Caribbean Explorer 1 in

Explorer Ventures/Caribbean Explorer 1, Jun, 2008,

by Donald K. Wilson, NJ, USA . Report 4160.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The crew were terrific, friendly, eager to assist; dive briefings were detailed and thorough. But the Caribbean Explorer 1 is in serious need of maintenance. Sometimes there was no fresh water pressure in the sinks. The "purified" water was tinted and brackish (thank heaven for a good stock of club soda). Cabin a/c did not cool. Only 2 days out of the week did the Nitrox hit 32%, the rest of the time 27-29% (when I complained on last day checkout, they credited me 50% on Nitrox charge).

But the hot water shower upon un-suiting was terrific.

The food was mediochre, 4-5 out of a 10. Eggs for breakfast only one morning, the rest of the time, pancakes or French toast. But, vegetables and fruit were fresh and good.

Diving conditions were good, although lettuce leaf and fishnet algae have definitely proliferated since my last trip there 8 years ago.

Would I go back on the CE 1? Maybe yes, maybe no, depends on alternatives.

A suggestion to all...arrive a couple of days in advance or stay a couple of days at the end, and go the 1 mile across the harbor to Stocking Island and stay at Hotel Higgins Landing. See my separate review on this very special paradise.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Western Pacific, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, California coast, Kona coast, Fiji, Australia, Bali, Red Sea, Maine, Canada (last 2 drysuit)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny,windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 75-81°F / 24-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-80 Ft/ 15-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Restrictions: depth, time, follow computer. Very thorough briefings.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments U/w photographer/video friendly.
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