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Dive Review of Big Blue Explorer in
Micronesia/Palau

Big Blue Explorer, Aug, 2003,

by Rick Hart, TX, USA . Report 958.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Throughout the Carribean and Costa Rica
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 75 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions The crew HIGHLY encouraged the use of dive computers. You could dive with the guide or with your buddy at your own profile. Most everyone used NITROX.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments All the dives were minutes away from the main ship. The main ship had a room dedicated to photgraphic equipment.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments The ship is an old Japanese communication vessel. The good news is that it is huge! There is lots of room to move around and the ship is stable. The bad news is that because it was built to Japanese hieght standards, you may have some areas like the stairs that are low and you will bump your head. The beds are short and the matteresses are really thin. Having said all this, the crew (particularly Lynne - mgr) are happy to take care of any needs they can. My hot water was out on my shower and I mentioned this to Lynne before a dive, and it was fixed when I got back. The crew is very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and fun, The food is buffet style and very very good. Sharks were everywhere. This is a high energy dive experience. Those who were not NITROX certified took the course. The video of the dives were awesome. This is truely a dive trip of a lifetime (Jellyfish Lake, Blue Corner, German Channe, Crystal Cavern, and sharks sharks sharks!!!!
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