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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II in

Caribbean Explorer II, Jul, 2004,

by Roger and Pam Smith, AL, USA . Report 1392.

No photos available at this time

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 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The Caribbean Explorer II is an older boat, built in 1978, but is clean and in good condition. Our cabin, #6, had an extremely small shower with plenty of hot water, which was separate from the toilet and sink. There are no individual controls for the air in the cabins. Most people thought the cabins were a little cold, but they offered plenty of blankets! The dive deck is nice and roomy with a large camera table and several rinse tanks. There is one warm shower on the dive deck but we were asked to not use soap because the deck gets slippery.

The crew was one of the best we’ve experienced. They always had smiles on their faces and didn’t seem to mind any requests. They were easy going and excited about diving.

The food was good and plentiful. Nothing spicy or fancy. Great snacks in the morning and afternoon.

We boarded the boat in St. Maarten, dove Saba, Statia and St. Kitts before disembarking at St. Kitts. We spent 3 days diving Saba since it is generally considered the best of the three islands. Eye of the Needle and Diamond Rock were spectacular dive sites. There was some current/surge on most dives, especially at the surface to around 30 feet. It usually wasn’t too strong, but a few times we were flying like kites on the mooring line. Expect to swim against a little current on most dives. This would be a good place for drift diving, but they are not set up for it.

On most dives we saw turtles, Pederson Shrimp, Arrow Crabs, Nurse Sharks, Lettuce Sea Slugs, Queen Triggefish and eels. On a few dives we saw Caribbean Reef Sharks, octopi, and Flying Gunards.

We thoroughly enjoyed this trip and hope to repeat it.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands, Roatan, Cozumel, St. Croix, Turks & Caicos, and Fiji.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, surge
Water Temp 80-81°F / 27-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 30-80 Ft/ 9-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Normal depth limits for air (130ft) and Nitrox (as calculated). Back on boat with 500 psi.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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