The M/V Caribbean Explorer II liveaboard offers unique itineraries in the Northeastern Caribbean for diving Saba Marine Park and St. Kitts. She is a 115 ft/35m aluminum mono-hulled motor yacht that comfortably accommodates 18 scuba divers during 7 night cruises.
Your accommodation during your Saba & St. Kitts cruise aboard the Caribbean Explorer II is in 9 Standard cabins. They are located across two decks, are all tastefully furnished, include practical storage and offer a variety of bed types.
You will take pleasure in the ease and comfort of scuba diving from the Explorer. Gearing up on the spacious dive deck is a breeze. The dive deck features a bathroom, 2 hot water showers and a drinking fountain, your personal scuba gear is stored in your individual locker. 2 ladders take you to the platform, where your entry is easy via in-water ladders. You can either join the 5 daily dives, or choose to sit out a dive and join the optional island tour and visit the jewel of Caribbean Netherlands, Saba. All dives are done from the mothership.
Post dives, your camera gear is rinsed in the separate camera tanks. There is a dedicated camera table with a low pressure hose and charging stations for you to prepare your equipment for the next dive. Photographic enthusiasts will appreciate the camera room with professional audio/visual editing, dubbing and special effects systems.
The main social area on the Caribbean Explorer is the large, semi-enclosed air-conditioned saloon on the upper deck. All your meals will be taken there with idyllic island scenery providing a beautiful backdrop. Meet your fellow diving cruise guests while enjoying each other's marine images and video footage on the television and relax with a complimentary drink from the bar. The sun deck is the spot to get your golden Caribbean tan, or kick back and catch up on some reading on the sun loungers.
If you are missing your loved ones back home, a satellite phone is available for guests use, or you can purchase a keep sake for them from the boutique. With all the diving action and optional tours, your time aboard the Caribbean Explorer will be over before you know it. This unique cruise will have many happy return divers.
Dive experience: We welcome all Open Water certified divers (or equivalent) with 30 logged dives.
Cruise price per person includes: Cabin accommodation with air-conditioning, breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinking water, soft drinks, hot drinks, local alcoholic drinks, dives (as detailed in the trips above), experienced English-speaking divemaster(s) (max 18 divers per DM), tanks, weights and weightbelts.
Cruise price per person excludes (mandatory, unless customer provides own): Dinner on the final evening, scuba equipment (US$ 150 per trip), torch, dive computer, dive insurance, bed tax US$ 115, fuel surcharge US$80. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival (cash or credit card).
Optional extras: Nitrox fills for enriched air certified divers (US$ 150 per person per trip), torches, diving computer, dive insurance. Unless otherwise stated, all the listed items need to be paid on arrival.
How to get there: The Caribbean Explorer II liveaboard runs trips departing from either St. Maarten or St. Kitts on alternating weeks. If your trip departs from St. Maarten you will disembark in St. Kitts, and vice versa. St. Maarten is part of the Caribbean Netherlands and St. Kitts is one half of the Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. Please ensure that you have the appropriate visas for both of these countries if required.
Air France and KLM operate flights to St. Maarten from Paris and Amsterdam. For American departures, Delta, Jet Blue and American Airlines are the main airlines that fly into Princess Juliana International Airport. Airlines that fly into St. Kitts' Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport include Air Canada, American Airlines, British Airways and US Airways. Winward Island Airways operates flights between St. Maarten and St. Kitts. For safaris departing from St. Maarten you should aim to arrive on Saturday by 15:00 hrs. Transfers from the airport (either St. Maarten or St. Kitts) to the liveaboard will be arranged on your behalf according to your arrival information. The cost will be approximately US$ 20-30 per person. If you are already on the island, take a taxi to Bobby's Marina (St. Maarten) or Port Sante (St. Kitts). Safaris departing from St. Kitts allow for later arrivals as the liveaboard remains in the port for the first night of the cruise.
On the last night of your cruise your Friday evening meal will be at a local restaurant for you account. After a continental breakfast, guests check out by 09:00 hrs on Saturday morning.
The last dive of the tour will be around 12:00 noon on the second last day of the trip. Please wait at least 18 hours before flying after diving.
Non-diver rate: 10% off the published price.
Single supplement (if you do not want to share accommodation): This is optional - single travelers may choose to share a stateroom or pay a supplement of 65% of the normal published price.
Dive clubs and group discounts: Normal season: Pay for 5 guests and 1 extra person can join the cruise in a Standard stateroom free of charge (total 6+ guests). Pay for 10 guests and 2 additional persons can join the cruise in a Standard stateroom free of charge (total 12+ guests).
Low Season (15 August - 15 October and 1 December to 31 January): Pay for 8 guests (or more) and 2 extra persons can join the cruise in a Standard stateroom free of charge (total 10+), plus paying guests receive 10% off the published price.
Whole boat charter rate (per night): Pay for 14 guests and 4 extra persons can join the cruise in Standard staterooms free of charge.
MV Caribbean Explorer II comfortably accommodates 18 guests in 9 Standard air-conditioned staterooms each with a private bathroom. The 4 staterooms on the main deck have windows. 1 stateroom has a queen bed; 1 has upper and lower twin beds and 2 have a queen bed and a single upper bed. There are 5 lower deck staterooms with portholes. 2 staterooms have twin beds that can convert to a queen bed; 1 has a double bed and 2 have a lower double bed with upper single beds.
All the liveaboard staterooms have:
Individually controlled air conditioning
Windows / Portholes (except 3 cabins on the lower deck)
Private bathroom with toilet and hot water shower
Hand basin, towels, toiletries
Cabinet and mirror
Mains outlet 110 volts (US standard) - 24 hours per day
Adapters are not provided, guests are advised to bring their own