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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, scubing diving the waters around Saba, St. Kitts & St. Maarten.

 


ON BOARD CARIBBEAN EXPLORER II


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ACCOMMODATION ... AMENITIES ... DIVING ... WHAT'S INCLUDED


  • CABIN TYPES
    1 main deck DOUBLE stateroom
    1 with queen bed & picture window  ... 
    2 main deck TWIN / DOUBLE staterooms
     queen bed with upper twin bunk & picture window
     1 main deck TWIN stateroom
    bunk-style twin beds with picture window
    4 lower deck TWIN / DOUBLE staterooms
    two with 2 twin beds or 1 queen bed ... two with double lower + twin bunk .... & portholes
    1 lower deck DOUBLE stateroom
     double bed only & portholes
    All staterooms offer private bathrooms, cabinet and individual air-conditioning.


  • DIVING

    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


  • WHAT'S INCLUDED

    accommodation & diving

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


  • WHAT'S EXTRA

    airfare

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


SPACIOUS, RELAXED & INVITING


The upper deck features a large sunning area with comfortable lounge chairs and 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 dive deck which is fullly equipped.   Forward of the dive deck are four main deck cabins in addition to the boutique and pilothouse.   The lower deck features five air-conditioned staterooms, each with private bathroom and portholes. The forward staterooms 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.

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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


ITINERARIES


In the Northeastern Caribbean there are 2 alternating itineraries, each with up to 5 daily dives. The yacht departs alternate weeks from St. Maarten or St. Kitts.

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 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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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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