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Bahamas Caribbean Explorer
In April 2005, the Caribbean Explorer I (formerly known as the Turks & Caicos Explorer) will begin offering weekly liveaboard diving excursions from George Town, Bahamas. Scheduling 5 dives daily, including night dives, the vessel will offer 5 ½ days of diving each week.
The Bahamas feature some of the best diving visibility in the world, and the dive sites themselves are as varied as they are spectacular - the 6,000 foot walls of Conception Island, the wrecks of Southampton Reef, the aptly-named Whale Shark Reef. This area offering a huge selection and variety of diving experiences, matched with an exploratory journey through an island nation spanning more than 1,000 square miles of some of the clearest ocean in the world.
Since the inception in 1995 of Rodale's Scuba Diving's Reader Survey Awards, the Caribbean Explorer I (in her previous base of operations in the Northeast Caribbean) has rated in the top ten liveaboard dive boats worldwide in terms of customer service, and was ranked the best dive operation in the world in 1996. In 2003, Caribbean Explorer I and her sister ship, Australia's Nimrod Explorer, ranked #7 and #4, respectively, in Rodale's readers' ranking of worldwide liveaboards.
The Bahamas encompass more than 700 islands, many of them uninhabited, and span more than 1,000 square miles of ocean. With a maximum elevation of 206 feet, the islands nonetheless vary widely in history, atmosphere, and diving. When Christopher Columbus made his first landfall in the hemisphere on either San Salvador or Cat Island (depending on who you talk to), the 500-year residency of the peaceful Lucayan Indians quickly came to an end; since then, the Islands' proximity to Florida has caught the fancy of explorers, settlers, pirates, and traders alike.
Direct flights to George Town in the Bahamas are available through Ft. Lauderdale, Miami and Charlotte with American Airlines and U.S. Airways. Flights on Bahamasair, Continental and Delta are also available from Miami. In addition, charter flights to Nassau are available from Canada with connecting service with Bahamasair to Georgetown. The Bahamian Dollar (equivalent to the US Dollar) is the official currency of the Bahamas; both US and Bahamian dollars are accepted interchangeably throughout the islands. Power outlets and 115-volt power are the same as in the USA. Passports are recommended for all visitors; an ongoing or return ticket is required. North American visitors may also enter with an original copy of their birth certificate (with raised seal), coupled with one piece of photo identification - for further information, visit www.bahamas.com.
Caribbean Explorer I Deck Plans
The upper deck features a large sunning area with comfortable lounge chairs and chairs, as well as a covered open-air salon with entertainment center, seating area and wet bar. Forward of the entertainment area are located 4 air-conditioned double staterooms. The forward staterooms each have a window and private bathroom, as well as a full-size double bed. The aft staterooms each have a window and private bathroom and full-size double bed, as well as a single upper berth. Storage is available on shelves, hangers and underneath the bed.
The aft half of the main deck is where diving operations take place. The dive deck is equipped with individual gear lockers, camera table with low pressure air hose, recharging stations, air and nitrox filling station, tank racks and separate freshwater rinse baths for dive equipment and cameras. It also has a wetsuit hanging area, freshwater showers, and a bathroom. A large central stairway leads down to the dive platform itself, where two in-water ladders hang for easy access to and from the water.
Forward of the dive deck is the air-conditioned main salon and galley, where breakfasts and dinners are served. The salon also contains an entertainment center with TV, VCR and stereo, as well as the boutique display and access both to the pilothouse forward and the remaining passenger cabins and engine room belowdecks.