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Caribbean Explorer II

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The comfy Caribbean Explorer II, purpose-built for diving, accommodates up to 18 divers & takes you to explore Leeward Islands, scuba diving the waters around Saba, St. Kitts & St. Maarten.

 

A word from Dom .... "One of the reasons I like the Caribbean Explorer is the fact that she gets you off the beaten track in the Caribbean and away from other boats & divers.  She has a great crew who know the dive sites well and is definitely good value."   ...  Dominick Macan


ON BOARD CARIBBEAN EXPLORER II

  • 1 Caribbean Explorer Sun Deck Opt
  • 3 Main Salon Caribbean Explorer 2 Opt
  • 4 Caribbean Explorer Bar Selection Opt
  • 5 CaribbeanExplorerII Updated Salon2 Opt
  • 6 Updated Salon Dining Opt
  • 7 Hallway Caribbean Explorer 2 Opt
  • 8 CaribbeanExplorerII Cabin A Opt
  • 9 CaribbeanExplorerII Cabin B Opt
  • 10 CaribbeanExplorerII Cabin C Opt
  • 11 CaribbeanExplorerII Updated Lower Deck Cabin2 Opt
  • 12 CaribbeanExplorerII Updated Lower Deck Cabin Opt
  • 13 Camera Table Caribbean Explorer 2 Opt
  • 14 CaribbeanExplorerII Updated Dive Deck2 Opt
  • 15 Caribbean Explorer Sunset Opt


    • 1 main deck DOUBLE stateroom
      queen bed ... picture window
      2 main deck TWIN / DOUBLE staterooms
       queen bed & upper twin bunk ... picture window
       1 main deck TWIN stateroom
      bunk-style twin beds ... picture window
      4 lower deck TWIN / DOUBLE staterooms
      two have 2 twin beds or 1 queen bed
      two have double bed lower + twin bunk .... portholes
      lower deck DOUBLE stateroom
       double bed only ... portholes

      All staterooms are en-suite, with storage and individual air-conditioning.

    • up to 5 dives per day
      most dives are done from the main vessel
      nitrox
      scuba rental gear
      (request in advance)
      water temp: 76 F - 85 F (24 C - 29C)
      3mm - 5mm wetsuit recommended

    • accommodation & diving
      meals, snacks
      alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages
      compressed air, tanks, weights and weight belts

    • airfare
      nitrox
      scuba gear rental (request in advance)
      port fees, local taxes, marine park fees
      airport transfers
      fuel surcharge
      on shore dinner the final night


    SPACIOUS, RELAXED & INVITING

    The upper deck features a large sun deck with comfortable lounge & deck chairs, as well as the semi-enclosed, air-conditioned salon with entertainment center, seating areas and wet bar.  The rear portion of the main deck houses the fully equipped dive deck.   Forward of the dive deck are 4 cabins in addition to the boutique and pilothouse.   The lower deck features 5 additional cabins, 2 of which are located up half a level from the rear staterooms.

    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.  Two in-water ladders provide easy access to and from the water.   All diving is done from the dive platform.

    Breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, muffins, danish and fresh fruits. Lunches and dinners are varied with options for vegetarians. Homemade baked breads, cookies and brownies are offered between dives.  If you have any dietary restrictions or requests, please indicate so on your booking form.

    In addition to the diving guests can enjoy shore based tours on the islands and will be able to sample the local culture, buy souvenirs as well as lap up the Caribbean island atmosphere.  The vessel is equipped with a satellite telephone for incoming and outgoing calls worldwide.

    LAYOUT & SPECS

    Deck plan & cabin layout ... yacht specifications ... equipment & safety features .... open
     

    DECK PLAN

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    SPECIFICATIONS

    Registry: Turks & Caicos
    Boatmaker: Camcraft, 1978
    Recommissioned: 1999
    Construction: aluminum
    Length: 115 ft
    Beam: 20 ft
    Draft: 7.5 ft maximum
    Displacement: 99 tons

    Maximum Speed: 12 knots
    Maximum Range: 1,000 nautical miles

    MACHINERY & TECHNICAL

    Engines: 2 GM 12 V 71 diesel main engines, 450 hp. each
    Generators: 2 John Deere Diesels 110 V AC/220 V AC, 75 KW
    Fuel Capacity: 2,500 gallons
    Freshwater Supply: 2 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: 32% nitrox, bank storage
    Electricity: 220 V and 110 V AC power (110 V AC 3 prong grounded outlets in all staterooms and bathrooms)
    Public Heads: 1 on dive deck; private facilities in each stateroom
    Safety Equipment: Life rafts (4), life rings/strobes (4), life vests/strobes (25), emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment
    Tender: 16-foot rigid hull inflatable (25 hp. engine)

    Accessories: Diving Equipment

    NAVIGATION

    Furuno radar, 36 mile range with proximity alarm
    Global Positioning System (GPS) with location alarm
    digital depth sounder/bottom recorder with alarm

    COMMUNICATIONS

    satellite telephone with data link
    cellular telephone
    SSB Radio-telephone
    VHF radios
    internal PA and intercom system

    SAFETY EQUIPMENT
    engine and bilge alarms

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    ITINERARIES

    In the Northeastern Caribbean there are 2 alternating itineraries, each with up to 5 daily dives.

    Diving summary & itinerary map .... open
      The yacht departs alternate weeks from St. Maarten or 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.

    The dive sites range from pristine offshore pinnacles to near-shore coral ridges, all encrusted with corals, sponges and sea fans and populated by the usual cast of characters in the Caribbean: reef sharks, groupers, horse-eye jacks, sting rays, patrolling barracuda and the omnipresent hawksbill turtles …..oversized tube sponges, barrel sponges, orange elephant ear sponges, anemones and encrusting corals … plus all the typical, colorful, mesmerizing Caribbean reef fish and the surprising presence of exotic frogfish, arrowline shrimp & other critters.

    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 including finger reefs, recent wrecks, and a variety of dropoffs.

    ITINERARY MAP

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    READ ABOUT CARIBBEAN DIVING


    TRAVEL & CRUISE LOGISTICS


    Boarding is Saturday from 3pm.  Guests may continue to board after that but flights should not arrive later than 4pm.  Dinner will be served at 6:30pm and the boat will leave port at roughly 11pm.   The following Saturday, after a Continental breakfasts, you will disembark at 9am.

    For St. Maarten departures, look for the Explorer Ventures driver upon exiting the baggage claim area.  You'll be taken to Bobby's Marina in Philipsburg.

    Days aboard the Caribbean Explorer II 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.

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