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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures in
St. Kitts and Nevis/Live aboard

Explorer Ventures, Jun, 2011,

by Frances Lewis, MI, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 6090.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Grt Lakes, FL, Caymans, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, Truk, Palau, Yap, Fiji, Australia, CA, Maldives, English Channel, Sea of Cortez, Vanuatu, Hawaii, Solomons
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm, choppy, surge
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 110' max for nitrox, 130' for air; no decompression diving; no collecting; no solo diving
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 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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 Large dive table on dive deck, separate rinse for cameras, crew very accomodating to hand you camera after entry, charging station; but no inside space for camera set up other than bunk in cabin.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Trip was from St. Kitts to St. Martin with diving in Saba(alternates departure from St. Marting to St. Kitts every other trip). Boat was clean and well maintained; good safety procedures; large dive deck and great ladders; crew crew of 6 worked very hard & service was very good. The cabins are small-don't take any extra stuff. The lounge/dining area is not air conditioned, but is a covered area on the upper deck. The food is good with a good variety and plenty of it. The diving was as expected, nothing spectacular: lots of macro stuff in St. Kitts & more fish in Saba. The coral and sponges looked healthy. Some sites had a bit of current, but diving quite suited to new divers. Some wreck dives. Up to 5 dives a day with a night dive every night except last day. Optinal land tours offered at both St. Kitts and Saba. We were lucky that there was no charter the following week so did not have to be packed & off the boat at 9am on Saturday. We also had a 2 for 1 special price so I definitely got my money's worth.
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