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Dive Review of Caribbean Explorer II in
St. Kitts and Nevis

Caribbean Explorer II, Nov, 2010,

by Michael J. Millet, CA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 84 reports with 49 Helpful votes). Report 5866.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Boarded the Caribbean Explorer II (CEX II) in St.Maarten. The crew was nice enough to allow us to stow our luggage at the boat before the official boarding. The crew were all very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. I had a single cabin that was fine for one person but would have been a bit tight for 2. The cabins do not have their A/C control so they were frigid most of the time. The only way to attempt to keep the the temperature up was to keep the cabin door open.
All meals are buffet and the food was plentiful and quite tasty. Beer, wine and alcohol are included. This trip had 12 divers so the dining area was adequate. With 18 divers, it would be a bit crowded.

The dive deck is roomy enough with each station have below bench gear storage. Nitrox is available for $150. The nitrox was supposed to be 32% but I never had a tank over 30%. All the diving is from the big boat; no skiff diving.

From St. Maarten, we motored overnight to Saba where we dived for 3 days. The primary dive sites are The Pinnacle, Diamond Rockand Man'O War Shoals. The dive conditions were affected by the weather bands form Hurricane Tomas so we had choppy water and cloudy skies. We did a 2 hour land excursion that was worthwhile.

The next 2 1/2 half days were spent diving St. Kitt and Nevis. Off these islands, we dived Paradise Reef, Anchors Aweigh, Monkey Shoals and the 2 wrecks, the Corinthian and the River Taw. The viz was very low at both wrecks making navigation and photography difficult. We had a great land excursion that included the Brimstone Hill Fortress.

The marine life at all 3 islands included: moray eel, juvenile reef fish. barracuda, turtles, sailfin blennies, reef squid, sting rays, shrimp, crab, lettuce seaslugs and few seahorses.

This trip was a pleasant experience but I doubt if I'll do it again. I do plan on doing the CEX II trip in the Bahamas.

Websites Caribbean Explorer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Indonesia, Solomon Islands, GBR, Palau, Yap, Kosrae, Galapagos, Fiji,
Vanuatu, Revillagigedos, All over the Caribbean.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20-100 Ft/ 6-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Depth limit of 110" and time limit of 70 minutes. No deco diving
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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 The dive boat has a very spacious camera table with compressed air. Also,towels were provided specifically for the cameras. The marine life was fairly good for the Caribbean.
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