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CARIBBEAN EXPLORER 2

The Caribbean Explorer is a unique diving liveaboard and is 115 feet in length.  There is an expansive dive deck and all diving is done directly off the vessel. She accommodates 18 passengers in 9 double rooms, all with private facilities.  There is a comfortable large sunning area with lounge chairs and also a semi enclosed salon with entertainment centre, additional seating areas and a wet bar.

 SPECIFICATIONS

SAMPLE ITINERARY

SCHEDULES 2015

DIVE SITES

CARIBBEAN EXPLORER 2 DECK PLAN

Liveaboard Caribbean Explorer 2 deck plan

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION

Vessel: M/V Caribbean Explorer II

Registry: Turks & Caicos

Boatmaker: Camcraft, 1978

Recommissioned: 1999

Construction: All aluminum

L.O.A.: 115 ft

L.W.L.: 101 ft

Beam: 25 ft

Draft: 7.5 ft maximum

Displacement: 173 gross tons / 66 net tons

Maximum Speed: 12 knots

Maximum Range: 1,000 nautical miles

Engines: 2 GM 12 V 71 diesel main engines, 450 hp. each

Generators: 1 GM 671 Diesel producing 110 V AC/220 V AC, 75 KW capacity; 1 GM 371 Diesel producing 110 V AC/220 V AC, 45 KW capacity

Fuel Capacity: 2,500 gallons

Freshwater Supply: 2 reverse osmosis watermakers, 1,200 gallons per day, 1,500 gallon storage

Air Systems: 2 Bauer K-14 9.7 cfm compressors, electric, with cascade-type storage banks, located in engine room. Nitrox membrane, producing 32% nitrox, bank storage

Electricity: 220 V and 110 V AC power (110 V AC 3 prong grounded outlets in all staterooms and bathrooms)

On the Bridge: Furuno radar, 36 mile range with proximity alarm, Global Positioning System (GPS) with location alarm, digital depth sounder/bottom recorder with alarm, satellite telephone with data link, cellular telephone, SSB Radiotelephone and VHF radios, engine and bilge alarms, internal PA and intercom system

Public Heads: One on dive deck; private facilities in each stateroom

Accommodations: 18 passengers in 9 staterooms, all w/private vanities and toilet facilities. Up to 8 staff in crews' quarters.

Safety Equipment: Life rafts (4), life rings/strobes (4), life vests/strobes (25), emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment

Other Equipment: Full service all electric galley and refrigeration, Ice machine

Stereo audio system, upper deck: CD, DVD, VHS, recharging station for strobes, batteries, etc. Extensive array of professional audio/visual editing, dubbing and special effects systems

Tender: 16-foot rigid hull inflatable (25 hp. engine) used for passenger transport

Accessories: Diving Equipment

AMENITIES

The upper deck features a large sunning area with comfortable lounge chairs and chairs, as well as the semi-enclosed, air-conditioned salon with entertainment center, seating areas and wet bar. Forward of the salon is the galley, as well as crew accommodations and access into the pilothouse.

 

The aft portion of the main deck is where diving operations take place. The dive deck is equipped with individual gear lockers, large camera table with low pressure air hose, recharging stations, air filling station, tank racks and separate freshwater rinse baths for dive equipment and cameras. Also located on the dive deck are a wetsuit hanging area, two freshwater showers, and a bathroom, as well as a drinking fountain. There are two ladders leading down to the dive platform itself, where two in-water ladders hang for easy access to and from the water.

 

Forward of the dive deck is a wide hallway which accesses the main deck passenger staterooms in addition to the boutique and pilothouse. A central staircase leads down to the passenger staterooms and machinery spaces below.

 

The main deck staterooms consist of:

Stateroom 1 - Queen bed, window, cabinet, private bathroom

Stateroom 2 & 3 - Queen beds with upper twin bed, window, cabinet, private bathroom

Stateroom 4 - Upper and lower twin beds, window, cabinet, private bathroom

 

The lower deck is accessed via a stairway on the port side from the maindeck hallway, and contains the machinery spaces, E-6 processing lab, accommodations for four crew and five air-conditioned staterooms. Each stateroom has a private bathroom, and the forward stateroom have portholes. The forward staterooms are located up half a level from the rear staterooms.

 

The staterooms consist of:

Staterooms 5 & 6 - Two twin beds (or one queen bed), private bathroom, portholes, cabinet, drawers.

Staterooms 7 - Double bed, private bathroom, cabinet

Staterooms 8 & 9 - Double lower and twin upper beds, private bathroom, cabinet

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EXAMPLE INTINERARY

In the Northeastern Caribbean we have 2 itineraries, depending on the week you choose to dive with us. We depart alternate weeks from St. Maarten and St. Kitts. If you choose a charter which begins in St. Maarten, the charter will end in St. Kitts and you will fly home from there. If you choose a charter that begins in St. Kitts, the charter will end in St. Maarten and that will be your return location.

Sample Itineraries

 

Days aboard the vessel generally involve breakfast from 7 to 8 am (cold breakfasts are available for late risers), followed by two morning dives, lunch at 12:30 pm, two afternoon dives, dinner at 6:30 pm, and a night dive. Island tours will be arranged at each island visited for those interested; further island access is available daily upon request.

 

Please note that these itineraries are examples only, and will change depending on weather and logistics at the Captain's discretion.

 

St. Maarten Departures

Please plan to be in St. Maarten by 4pm on the date of departure in order to facilitate the vessel’s clearance and timely departure for Saba. If you’re arriving at 3pm or later, please send us a copy of your passport prior to your departure. If meeting the vessel in St. Maarten, look for our driver upon exiting the baggage claim area; if no one is present, simply catch a cab to Bobby's Marina in Philipsburg; the vessel will be located near the end of the dock.

 

Saturday: St. Maarten

• 1500: Guests board

• 1830: Dinner

• 2000: Captain's Briefing, documents, etc.

• 2200: Depart for Saba (2 1/2 hours) (Sometimes departure is earlier or later, but flights should not be scheduled for arrival after 4pm on Saturday)

Sunday - Tuesday:

• Saba , 5 dives daily; optional island tour on Monday. Night crossing to St. Kitts (2 1/2 hours).

Wednesday-Thursday:

• St. Kitts, 5 dives. Night at mooring.

Friday:

• St. Kitts, 2 dives and lunch; return to Port Zante. Afternoon island tour and dinner ashore, with night spent aboard vessel at dock.

Saturday: St. Kitts

• Continental breakfast

• Depart the vessel. Should you be leaving on an afternoon flight, feel free to leave your luggage aboard (or on the dock alongside) until you depart.

If meeting the vessel in St. Kitts, simply take any waiting taxi from the airport to Port Zante in downtown Basseterre.

 

St.Kitts Departures

 

Saturday: St. Kitts

• 1500: Guests board

• 1830: Dinner (snacks or dinner available for those arriving on later flights)

• 2000: Captain's Briefing, documents, etc. Night spent at dock.

Sunday -Tuesday: St. Kitts

• 5 dives daily; optional island tour on Monday. Night crossing to Saba (2 hours).

Wednesday - Thursday: Saba

• 5 dives daily; optional island tour on Thursday. Nights spent at mooring.

Friday: Saba - St. Maarten

• 2 dives at Saba before lunch; early afternoon crossing to St. Maarten. Afternoon at leisure and dinner ashore, with night spent aboard vessel at dock.

Saturday: St. Maarten

• Continental breakfast

• 0900 : Guests depart the vessel. Should you be leaving on an afternoon flight, please feel free to leave your luggage aboard (or on the dock alongside) until you depart.

Due to the necessity of readying the vessel for our next cruise, we must strictly enforce the 9am departure deadline.

 

Packages Include:

• 7 nights/8 days aboard vessel

• 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks

• Up to 5 dives daily

• Use of tanks, weights and belts

• All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages

 

Packages Do Not Include:

• Airport transfers

• Friday evening meal

• Optional island tours

• Rental gear, instruction and retail charges

• Crew gratuities

• Trip cancellation insurance

• Dive accident insurance

• St. Maarten or St. Kitts departure taxes

• Port taxes, immigration and marine park diving fees

• Fuel surcharge

• NITROX

 

Please note:

1. A fuel surcharge is currently in effect for all departures in the Caribbean & Galapagos. The current fuel surcharge for the Northeastern Caribbean is $125 per person, but is subject to change and will be confirmed 30 days prior to departure.

2. Port/hotel taxes and immigration and Marine Park fees of $115 per person are payable on board.

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All Caribbean & Bahamas itineraries are Saturday to Saturday unless otherwise noted. Contact us for specific stateroom availability

DESTINATION ACCOMMODATION PRICE
Saba, St. Kitts, St. Maarten STATEROOM $1,995

Note: Plus: port/hotel, immigration and Marine Park fees of $115 and fuel surcharge payable on board; transfers. Package includes: 7 nights/8 days aboard the vessel; up to 5 dives daily (weather permitting); 3 meals daily, except Friday’s evening meal; between-dive snacks; towels, linens, etc.; use of tanks, weights and weight belts; all air fills; alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages. Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.

CARIBBEAN DIVE SITES

St. KITTS, St. MAARTEN AND SABA DIVE SITE INFORMATION

DIVE SITES

Diving in the Northeastern Caribbean will surprise you - it's not mentioned often in the mainstream diving magazines, but the variety of the topography and types of sites that we visit weekly will amaze you!

 

Saba, known for its submerged offshore pinnacles, is the 5 square mile top of a dormant volcano towering 3,000 feet above the surface and surrounded by volcanic sand. The abrupt topography above the sea is mirrored below, and the profusion of marine life attests to the early institution of the Saba Marine Park in 1987.

 

St. Kitts offers arguably the widest variety of sites - finger reefs, recent wrecks, and a variety of dropoffs that will capture your imagination.

 

Browse through our photo galleries, and see why many of our guests return to this vessel year after year - if you have a good eye, you'll commonly see marine life here that's considered rare in the rest of the Caribbean!

CARIBBEAN EXPLORER 2 DIVING VIDEO

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CARIBBEAN EXPLORER II