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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II in
Caribbean (General)/Saba-Statia-St.Kitts

Caribbean Explorer II: "Happy 30th to Caribbean Explorer!", Jul, 2017,

by Jeanne Reeder, MO, US (Contributor Contributor 16 reports with 19 Helpful votes). Report 9666 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
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Comments What a great trip! In June I joined the cruise celebrating thirty years of the first Caribbean Explorer plying the waters in the Northeastern Caribbean. And, it’s still the only liveaboard in that area. Clay McCardell, President of Explorer Ventures, and his family and friends gathered for this gala event, which included the obligatory ‘roasting’ and a cake. His wetsuit was turned into a tuxedo with colored chalk. It was a trip for exchanging stories and wonderful diving. Greg Norman, host of Scuba Radio, drew frequent laughter and great interest during his interviews with the divers and crew, to be aired the following Saturday on his weekly show. Dive travel guru Jerry Beaty (Dive Training) has amazing stories dating waaaay back which kept his listeners mesmerized.

I’ve been on this itinerary many times, which speaks highly of the diving venue and crew which supports it. This trip began in Sint Maarten, ending in St. Kitts; after doing a major cleaning, the vessel returns to Sint Maarten with another group of divers. As a ‘special’ treat, diving Statia for a day was added since it was on the original itinerary, and only rarely makes a reappearance after it was taken off their schedule in 2010. (See Undercurrent Newsletter January 2010) And it’s well worth it when it does! Diving ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Caribbean Explorer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Andamans, Sudan, Japan, Papua New Guinea, Alor Indonesia, Philippines, Palau, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Raja Ampat, Turkey, Saba, St. Kitts, BVI, Bonaire, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Statia, Nevis
Closest Airport Getting There Arrived in St. Martin, departed from St. Kitts; easy flight schedule from St. Louis

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, no currents
Water Temp 82-83°F / 28-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions You could dive your own profile with a buddy. Nitrox depth limits of 110. Return to vessel with 500 psi, which was recorded at end of dive, as well as was depth.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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By Ms Lynda Durfeein VA, US at Jul 22, 2017 01:43 EST  
Glad to hear the high quality of diving and crew I've experienced on 5 trips on this vessel have been maintained. Monkey Shoals is definitely worth it. None of the local dive shops will go that far on day trips. Statia is worth the day.
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