The 32 metre, aluminium built Caribbean Explorer II can accommodate 18 divers, in 9 en-suite cabins. The boat has 3 decks. The upper deck has a partially enclosed saloon with air-conditioning, TV, DVD / CD player, dining and lounge area, then after is the sun deck with lounging chairs. This is an older style boat with basic facilities, but the crew offer exceptional service and food on board with some great diving.
The main deck comprises the large dive deck with deck level fresh water showers and toilet, 4 guest cabins and the wheelhouse. The lower deck has 4 further guest cabins and crew facilities.
All diving is done directly off the large dive deck. Each diver has a dive gear bin and use of a large camera table, rinse tanks, wetsuit drying racks and charging stations and photo and video editing facilities.
Nitrox is available at extra charge and tanks are filled in place between each dive, so that there is never any need to disassemble your gear.
18 guests are accommodated in 9 cabins; queen or twin beds are available on request. 4 cabins are on the lower deck and 4 further cabins are on the main deck.
The main deck cabins are booked on a 'first come first served' basis, at no extra charge - so the earlier you book the better chance of securing one of these cabins!
Recommissioned: 1999, Length: 32 metres, Beam: 8m, Engines: 2 x GM 12 V 71 Diesel 450 HP, Generators: 1 x GM 671 Diesel 110 V AC 220 V AC 75 Kw capacity and 1 x GM 371 Diesel 45 Kw capacity, Sockets: 110v outlets / USA style flat pin plugs/sockets, Compressors: 2 x Bauer K-14. Nitrox membrane system for 32%, Internet: not available.
Navigation / Safety
4 x life rafts, 4 x life rings with strobe, 25 x life vests, EPS locator, flares, O2 and first aid box, satellite phone, radar, GPS, depth sounder, mobile phones, VHF radio, engine and bilge alarms, intercom system.
Schedules & prices
Price includes: 7 nights in a twin cabin share (male/female share), FB (except Friday night), water, tea, coffee, some alcohol & snacks, 5½ days diving (up to 5 dives/day), air tanks, weights & weight belt.
Please note this is a boat only price, not including flights. Please contact us for a quote including flights.
Boat boarding days: The boat departs on a Saturday, if you want to leave the UK on a Saturday, it is only possible to join the boat when it departs from St. Kitts.
To join the boat on a sailing commencing in St. Maarten, you need to fly out of the UK on Tuesday. Regaldive can arrange a land based stay at the Bird Rock Beach Resort (St. Kitts) for 4 nights before you board the boat. This is due to the internal flight timings from St. Kitts to St. Maarten.
To guarantee single occupancy cabin: £1137
Deluxe cabin from: £140 pp
Extras in resort
Port / Hotel, immigration & Park Fees: $115
Fuel surcharge: $30 per person
Nitrox: $150 - 7 nights
Optional land visits: $25 each
Departure tax: $20 - $30
Friday night meal: budget around $20 - $30 for decent meal
Tips: Discretional, 10% of boat price recommended
Guideline Equipment Rental Prices, per week:
BCD, regulators & wetsuit: $150
Regulators: $60 (with gauges, octopus & inflator)
Dive torch: $20
Fins, mask & snorkel: $45
All equipment is to be paid for locally, but please request any items in advance.
St. Kitts & Nevis, Statia, Saba & St. Maarten Island group
The North Eastern Caribbean is an intriguing area offering a blend of Dutch, British, French and native cultures on some of the most scenic islands of the Caribbean.
Sitting north-east of Monserrat, Guadeloupe and Dominica, these colourful and multi-cultural islands offer a lovely mix of above and below water beauty. The diving is diverse, with a wealth of coral colours on shallow pinnacles, walls, sandy gullies and deeper marine sea mounts. On land, picturesque coves with brightly coloured fishing boats, laid back villages and lush rainforests offer the chance to experience a little Caribbean life.
St. Kitts & Nevis, Statia, Saba & St. Maarten
The diving is diverse, with a wealth of coral colours on shallow pinnacles, walls to drift by, sandy gullies with wonderful light and deeper marine sea mounts at 20 - 30 metres. Sponges and sea fans crowd together in a low lying water forest for macro species and schooling fish to hide.
The marine life provides divers with multiple sightings of moray eels, hawksbill turtles, jacks, barracuda and stingrays and divers will also find frogfish, seahorses and nudibranchs buried in the reefs.
Usual water conditions are calm and warm with great underwater visibility. Across the islands, the dive sites offer fantastic hard and soft corals, reef plateaux, pinnacles and walls.
Owing to the structure of many of the reefs, the calm, warm water conditions and proximity to landfall, this destination also offers a fantastic holiday for snorkelers and non-diving partners.
The majority of the Caribbean Explorer II’s itinerary is spent in the area of Saba and St. Kitts.
Saba Marine Park and sea mounts
In 1987, the culmination of 3 years’ work between Tom van t’Hof (who played a key part in the set up of Bonaire’s marine Park in 1981), the Saban government, Saban locals, dive shops and fishermen resulted in the early establishment of Saba’s Marine Park. This has resulted in the conservation of its reefs to a very high degree and the benefits to fish stocks are clearly visible. It is also home to a hyperbaric chamber.
Saba offers 30 quiet dive sites, all within the confines of the park. Just off the west of Saba lies a smaller volcanic sea mount that offers 4 dive sites, with dramatic drop offs, walls and gullies.
St. Kitts & Nevis’ little wrecks
The wreck of the M.V. Corintian (The Tug) lies at an easy 18 - 20 metres, with a lovely reef encrusted around the bow, growing towards the surface.
M.V. Talata has a small volcanic vent to keep you even warmer around the wreck, close to the capital’s harbour of Basseterre, lying at less than 18 metres.
These shallow dives provide plenty of interest at the beginning or end of your liveaboard diving week.
Nationalities other than British citizens should check with their own consular office.
Vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed before departure. For the most up to date advice please consult your travel clinic or GP. Further information regarding vaccinations for travel to this country can be found at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk and from your local healthcare provider.
There are no compulsory vaccinations for travel to St. Kitts & Nevis, but we always recommend protection against typhoid, tetanus, hepatitis A and polio.