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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II in
Caribbean (General)

Caribbean Explorer II, Jun, 2004,

by Richard Foote, OH, US . Report 1319.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 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 Fairly new boat is very clean and comfortable. Crew seems to turn over frequently but traditions of service and helpfulness carry through. When we arrived after 11 PM due to delayed connections, the captain, hostess, and cook were waiting up with a hot meal. There is a divemaster in the water every dive, with special thanks to Captain Ian who dove one-on-one with my wife a few times to help her get comfortable. It is interesting to dive three separate islands, though diving at each location is more limited than shore-based operations as boat is restricted to larger buoys. Coral was generally in good shape and fish plentiful; saw sharks/turtles on 25% of dives. I saw several Flying Gunards, which I'd never seen on other Caribbean dives. Saba dives are especially dramatic, and we were glad that conditions finally permitted Diamond Rock signature dive on last morning. Tradeoff for warm water was lower vis. due to algae blooms. Food was plentiful and tasty, though not gourmet quality (cook said he was an army cook for 20 years, 'nuff said). Best meal was fresh fish brought aboard by a local fisherman. Shore tours in place of second afternoon dives were very interesting, especially St. Kitts' Brimstone Hill Fortress, "Gibralter of the West Indies" and Saba's one road. If you are making connections to St. Kitts via Liat or Winair (preferred - more planes), allow 2-3 hours minimum in St. Martin. I'm glad we did St. Kitts to St. Martin itinerary as diving got more dramatic as the week progressed and St. Martin was an interesting location for Friday overnight.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Fiji, Palau, Hawaii, Bahamas, Bonaire, Curacao
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 80-82°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 25-75 Ft/ 8-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
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 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments
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