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

Explorer Ventures/Caribbean Explorer II: "Caribbean Explorer II - St Kitts and Saba", May, 2017,

by Philip Eitzman, MN, US ( 1 report with 1 Helpful vote). Report 9618 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Great liveaboard! I booked the trip with my two sons (20 and 22) because of a great price ($500 off regular price) and good reviews on this site and others.

Because of the discount the boat was fully loaded with 18 passengers, two per cabin. Despite the full boat it was a great experience. The crew was great and all of the passengers got along great together. Dive conditions were good with sun topside most of the time.

All food and drinks on board were included. Cathy, the cook, did a fantastic job and all of the meals were very good.

The dives were well run by the divemasters Brett, Phil, Tim and Jennie (also the purser). All divers were logged in and out of the water on every dive.

Half of the dives were around St. Kitts and the other half were around Saba. The dives around Saba were more interesting because the reefs were more pristine and the geology was more interesting.

I especially enjoyed the Pinnacle dive which was deep and thus short, but fun. The Pinnacle dive was done without a mooring and with some current. The captain, Ernie, did a great job of managing the entry and recovery, moving the ship away from the Pinnacle away after entry and then returning for the recovery.

Turtles were present at most of the dive sites, from small to very large. A few sharks were seen, including two reef sharks and some nurse sharks. The divemasters pointed out a number of neat smaller creatures including nudibranchs, shrimp and lobsters.

This was a great experience for our first liveaboard. I plan to try more liveaboards based on this.

Websites Explorer Ventures   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving CA Channel Islands, Seattle, Lake Superior, Cozumel, Keys
Closest Airport St Kitts (SKB) Getting There Delta, American, United

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, currents
Water Temp 80-83°F / 27-28°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30-60 Ft/ 9-18 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 110 feet for Nitrox, 60 min max, min 500 psi.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

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 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large camera table, two camera tanks and charging station.
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Subscriber's Comments

By Sean Brady in NY, US at Feb 22, 2018 18:23 EST  
I am preparing for my first Liveaboard trip on this ship. Any advice for packing and preparing?
By report author: Philip Eitzman in MN, US at Feb 28, 2018 21:06 EST  
Use collapsable luggage like duffels. Storage space for luggage is limited. Definitely a benefit to have Nitrox certification. Only one person on our trip did not use Nitrox (he was 87 - fun guy who was being safe). We used 3mm full wetsuits. Everybody wore some exposure suit, either a shorty or a full wetsuit. A little cooler in St. Kitts and Saba, but not cold. The crew was great on our trip and very helpful. A good light is beneficial for the night dives. Lots of turtles and small animals.
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