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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


  • Sun Deck Caribbean Explorer 2 opt
    sun deck
  • Main Salon Caribbean Explorer 2 opt
    exterior/interior salon & dining area
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    Happy Hour
  • Dinner Time Caribbean Explorer 2 opt
    interior dining
  • Cabin 5 A King Caribbean Explorer 2 opt
    double cabin
  • Cabin 6 A Twin Caribbean Explorer 2 opt
    double cabin
  • Cabin 1 A Full Caribbean Explorer 2 opt
    double / twin cabin
  • CaribbeanExplorerII Updated Lower Deck Cabin opt
    en-suite
  • Hallway Caribbean Explorer 2 opt
    hallway
  • CaribbeanExplorerII Updated Dive Deck2 opt
    dive deck
  • Camera Table Caribbean Explorer 2 opt
    camera table
  • Caribbean Explorer sunset opt
    boat at sunset


  • 3 main deck DOUBLE staterooms
    1 with queen bed & picture window  ...  2 with queen bed with upper twin bed & picture window
     1 main deck TWIN stateroom
    upper & lower twin beds with picture window
    2  lower deck TWIN/DOUBLE staterooms
    2 adjacent twin beds (or 1 queen bed) & portholes
    1 lower deck DOUBLE stateroom
    1 with double bed only  ...  2 with double lower & twin upper bed
    All staterooms offer private bathrooms, cabinet 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 on the last night

 


SPACIOUS & INVITING


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.   The rear portion of the main deck houses the dive deck which is fullly equipped.   Forward of the dive deck are the main deck passenger staterooms 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.

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.

Evening meals usually consist of lots of fresh vegetables, rice, pasta, chicken, beef, turkey, pork, and fish. Breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, muffins, danish and fresh fruits. Lunches vary from soup and sandwiches, burgers, pasta, assorted salads, and quiche.  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.


EVERYTHING A DIVER REQUIRES....


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.


DECK PLAN ... DIVE MAP ... TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

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DECK PLAN

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ITINERARY MAP

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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 itineraries, each with up to 5 daily dives. 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.

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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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