Blackbeards Morning Star, Bahamas


Blackbeard's Morning Star liveaboard is the sister ship and identical twin to Blackbeards Sea Explorer (also see: Blackbeard's fleet), offering year-round budget friendly dive liveaboard trips to the world-renowned dive sites of the Bahamas. With up to 19 dives per week available and all meals, snacks, and drinks including Rum Punch, wine and beer included, Blackbeards Morning Star liveaboard truly does offer great value for money.

Morning Star has 3 dormitory-style cabins with air-conditioning and 3 shared bathrooms. All cabins are dormitory style and are either single or double bunk beds and have a privacy curtain.  In between dives guests can relax on the bow or hang out with other guests in the indoor air-conditioned salon.

Scuba diving takes place in the beautiful crystal clear waters of the Exuma Cays. There is no set itinerary, the captain and crew will take you wherever the conditions and weather are good to offer you the best diving in the area. With over 250 moored dives sites there is something for everyone. From thrilling shark dives, stunning walls, blue holes and high-speed drift dives this truly is the best of the Bahamas.

Blackbeard's Morning Star is sure to create a vacation in the Bahamas to remember where you will make friends for life. Call us or book online today to reserve your space.

Please Note: Morning Star and Sea Explorer are identical twin sisters and may be used interchangeably. Whilst we can take requests for specific bunks they are not guaranteed, and the rate is per person, not per bunk.

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Included: VAT, Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Wine with Dinner, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Fishing, Land Excursions.

Required Extras: Dive Insurance, Travel Insurance, Port Fees (125-145 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (18 USD), Hotel Transfer (18 USD), Private Dive Guide (650 USD per trip), Rental Gear (150 USD per trip), Scuba Diving Courses.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Custom built for diving
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Budget Friendly Cruise
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Western Food
  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck

The crew speaks English.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

Deck Plan Morning Star floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1983
  • Length 65'
  • Deck area 1000 sq ft
  • Beam 19'
  • Top speed 8 knts
  • Cruising speed 8 knts
  • Engines 1 Ford Lehman
  • Max guests 24
  • Number of cabins 18 bunks
  • Number of bathrooms 3
  • Tenders 1 11' with 15 hp outboard
  • Water capacity 650 gal
  • Fuel capacity 450 gal
  • Freshwater maker 350 gal

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • E.P.I.R.B. Distress System
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Fire Alarm & Fire Extinguishers
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Fishfinder
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Blackbeards Morning Star Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 49 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Patricia R
  • United States United States
I loved it

Price and ease of completing AOW certification

Recommended for
Food, crew, and multiple dives
  • 9.2 Superb
  • peter R
  • Canada Canada
Best budget dive boats out there

Although I was hoping to see tiger sharks and hammerheads, we still saw loads of reef sharks!

Recommended for
Crew, the views and food
  • 7.6 Good
  • Shadow L
  • China China
Totally is good and memorable.

First time did sharks feeding, and I like the diving site of Dog Rocks.

Recommended for
Food, people and crew.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Dakota R
  • United States United States
Incredible Experience!

Even with rough weather our Captain was able to get us 14 dives. The night out in the Bahamas on the last day. And the crew making drinking and amazing food for everyone everyday.

Recommended for
There was a ton of diving. The crew were helpful, caring, and had a blast with you.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Feng Z
  • United States United States
It is my first time live-aboard diving trip, and I enjoyed it very much!

There were so many different types of dives to experience; shallow, deep, walls, drift, holes, wreck, and of course the shark feeding dive. And the best part is to have warm nice DELICIOUS meals after diving.

Recommended for
food, people, diving
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Aurelie V
  • France France
Wonderful experience

The captain always made his best to have us on the best possible spots. Jen the cooker is amazing , the crew is passionate funny and friendly but very professional at the same time . And cheap for everything we had. Also no WiFi makes that the people talk to each other, share their diving experiences etc . Amazing week

Recommended for
Dives crew food
  • 7.6 Good
  • Samantha M
  • Finland Finland
We had a great experience.

The first night dive.

Recommended for
Justin, food and the guests.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Emily P
  • Canada Canada
Amazing Adventure

New Years Eve dive

Recommended for
Beautiful diving, amazing food & friendly staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Erika H
  • United States United States

Sharks, navigating on our own, great crew, great food. I met some awesome people the crew was awesome the food was great for how small of a space we were in. It was camping on the sea. So much fun!!!

Recommended for
The dives, the food, the people
  • 6.8 Review score
  • YUXI X
  • China China
Great food great crew

Shark feed; Captain Jim took us to the local bars! Super fun.

Recommended for
Shark feed; crew; friendly buddies
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Alex J
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Incredible experience, fantastic crew

Shark feed

Recommended for
Amazing crew, fantastic food, great dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Luka Z
  • Slovenia Slovenia
One of the best experiences as a diver

I have nothing but great memories on the trip I just took. The crew on Sea Explorer was beyond helpful, knowledgeable, and friendly. Captain Jim took us out in the really rough weather, and still could find the way to go the promised dives. The crew worked all night one night, as they had shifts watching the anchor in the rain and wind. Every single one of the crew knew their job and executed it perfectly, so the divers didn't even know if something was amiss. Corrai, the first mate helped captain maintain everything in control, had an answer to every question and was superfriendly. Brian, the engineer, had the boat in mint condition and repaired everything with swiftness and a smile. Thato, the dive master, was extremely informative and knew all the dive sites beautifully, gave plenty of instructions, etc. And Renee, THE CHEF (!) was preparing meals worthy of a five star restaurant in a closet kitchen of the boat. The divers were all very friendly, we instantly connected and will stay connected in the future! This was one of the best experiences in my life, beautiful dives and loads of life.

Recommended for
Friendly and knowledgeable crew, beautiful dives, new friendships
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • scott B
  • United States United States
4th trip, still a great value for the money.

making new friends, becoming a better diver and those sunsets-wow!

Recommended for
great weather, great crew and sharks!!!
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Stuart D
  • Canada Canada
Amazing diving!

Sharks! Tons of sharks. Also turtles, sting rays, lobsters, crabs, eels, etc. Every dive site was great. Shark feeding was unreal.

Recommended for
Great crew, friendly people, amazing diving.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • David K
  • United States United States
Awesome diving and fantastic experience in the Bahamas!

There are so many fantastic dive sites that we visited. There was a range of difficulty but perfect for a novice or an advanced diver!

Recommended for
The crew, new friends and of course the diving!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Lou M
  • Canada Canada
What a fantastic experience!

The diving was great. There were so many different types of dives to experience; shallow, deep, walls, drift, holes, wreck, and of course the shark feeding dive. There were plenty of fish and other wildlife to see. I had a chance to try spearfishing for the first time. It was great to meet people from many different places and backgrounds.

Recommended for
Great diving, fantastic crew, meeting other divers
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marie Josee L
  • Canada Canada
I had the time of my life!!!

Blue hole. Cathédrale dive site and meeting people that are passionate about diving. Including the crew.

Recommended for
Diving sites. Peoples. Sharks!!!!
  • 9.2 Superb
  • David S
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
Worth to spend a week from your life.

The last day - Blue hole with millions of sharks

Recommended for
Food, diving, weather
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Céline T
  • Canada Canada
The best dive cruise ever!

Fun dives in the sun. Exciting experiences shark feeding. Great deep dives. Awesome people on the boat sharing the same passion.

Recommended for
Safe, dedicated, committed hard-working crew.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Cheryl T
  • United States United States
Definitely one of the most memorable trips I’ve ever taken!

Loved loved the shark feed dive!!! Thought I would really be freaked out but it was absolutely amazing!!!

Recommended for
1. Diving 2. Diving 3. Food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Laurin M
  • Germany Germany
Great diving, helpful crew, sociable fellow divers - highly recommended if you are ok with basic accomodation

Sharks, turtles and the Blue Hole

Recommended for
Sharks, turtles and the Blue Hole
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Russell B
  • United States United States
Customer Service Focused

Every day was an adventure with the crew taking care of all your needs. From getting in and out of the water they are there to assist you and make the transitions easy. The dive briefs were detailed and coordinated in a professional manner, giving everyone an idea what to expect and what to look for. The meals and snacks were excellent, with excellent presentation and taste. Safety was always the number one priority for those in and out of the water. Congratulations to both the Captain and crew of the Morning Star, you have given me a memory of a lifetime as well as watched over me assuring I could return to my family back in Tennessee.

Recommended for
The crew and Captain are focused on providing the best service possible. The meals are filling and e wry day is something different and tasty. The dive sites are beautiful and exciting.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • shana V
  • Canada Canada
Get out of your comfort zone and loving it

Crew amazing Awesome diving with a shitty weather

Recommended for
Food-diving-awesome crew
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Andrea G
  • Switzerland Switzerland
Amazing divetrip

Amazing crew, nice divespots with a lot of wonderful fishes. The food was delicious and the people i met really cool. The boat is tiny and cosy and you get to know the other people quick. Go for it, you won‘t regret it.

Recommended for
People, diving, food
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Brian J
  • United States United States
This was my first liveaboard trip and I was already discussing plans for a second before we even ended the first.

Although not a super fancy boat, the crew treat you as if this were a high end trip, they really take care of everything for you from the minute you're dropped off at the harbor club till you leave on a taxi.

Recommended for
The crew, the food and the amount of diving available in a one week trip
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Bradley B
  • United States United States
Great Trip, absolutely the best diving for the price

The captain and crew were great, making sure we were all safe but most importantly having a great time and had everything we needed to do that.

Recommended for
Great crew, awesome diving, and a lot of sharks
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nicole S
  • United States United States
Who could ask for more?

This was my first liveaboard I was nervous being a single diver but the professionalism of the crew put me at ease. It included detailed dive briefings and them acting as a dive buddy when needed. The shark feed was the next highlight of the trip because it was my first time experiencing anything like that. The boat had some issues during a storm but the crew remained calm addressed the problem quickly while keeping us informed. I was so impressed I booked another trip in May before the last day of the adventure.

Recommended for
1. Captain Red’s expierence 2. Crew’s helpfulness. 3. Karen’s cooking.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Lucy C
  • United States United States
Minimalist boat, maximalist experience

First of all, the crew was absolutely wonderful. There were only 4 people besides the captain doing all the classes, cooking, cleaning, refilling tanks etc. and all of them were great. The cook especially was able to work wonders in a ~2x4 square foot kitchen--which leads to my next point and the only negative. The boat was tiny--the only common area besides the deck was the dining area, which was also one of the cabins, so there wasn't space for everyone to eat at the same time and when people were sleeping it made socializing difficult. There also was a limited amount of fresh water, so there were no showers for ~2 days of the trip. That said, we were underwater the majority of our waking hours anyway so those were more minor inconveniences than actual problems. And the time we spend underwater was fantastic--the shark feed was great, the sites were gorgeous, and we weren't at all rushed to get in and out within a certain time, which has been the case with some other liveaboards I've been on. Several of my shallower dives went to over an hour and the pace was really calm and nice. Overall great experience--definitely would go again.

Recommended for
The crew, the food, and the sites
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Peter O
  • Australia Australia
Enjoyed the simplicity of boat diving and the friendliness of the passengers and crew

Return to diving after several years away. Meeting up with friends. The feeding of the sharks, and the drift dive through the washing machine

Recommended for
Diving, meals and being in the Bahamas
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Lynn O
  • United States United States
Best bang for your buck

Being able to do four dives a day was fun. The shark dive was very interesting, (my first). The dive at the Blue Hole with the sharks and rays laying in the sand left me wanting to do it again. Captain Breezy was great at keeping the trip interesting. The gold star goes to Jenn who kept us fed with great meals. Our dive master Justin, was very good with the dive briefings. And our first mate Iain and engineer Tamly kept everything working. If you don't mind camping on the water this cruise is for you.

Recommended for
The crew was outstanding, dive sites and the interesting side trips
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Fred C
  • United States United States
Great crew, good diving, excellent camaraderie

My daughter was with me for her certification and buddy diving. I got my Advanced Open Water (Hoppy is a great instructor). Dives were good (weather restricted our options, but the Captain did an excellent job of finding us the best dives). Washing Machine was a BLAST!! Boat has small cabins, but that was fine - "Camping for Divers"

Recommended for
Diving, Crew, Guests
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Jerome P
  • Canada Canada
perfect and amazing

Washing machines, sharks, many many dives, living on a boat, the people on it.

Recommended for
the water, the crew, the hole package
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Xiaoge F
  • China China
Great trip for the price!

Shark feeding, Iguana island visit, multiple wall dives and night dives

Recommended for
Food, friendly crew, wonderful dive sites
  • 9.2 Superb
  • David J
  • United States United States
Great Dive Experince

We had a virus that went through the boat! Several of the crew became ill as well as some guest! The non sick crew stepped up and took care of everything. The trip didn't miss a beat! I highly recommend this trip.

Recommended for
Food, Crew, Guests
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Colin H
  • United States United States
Really enjoyable week

Great value, despite tough weather still got in a number of excellent dives. The crew is well organized, accommodating, and welcoming. The food and drink was much better than expected. I like that we have a dive master who helps plan the dives, but not necessarily lead them....we got to do our own diving. Shark dive was cool. I hope to be back.

Recommended for
The dive sites, the food, customer service
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Stephen Z
  • United States United States
I will return...

Meeting some great people with similar interests. Variety of sealife. Amazing meals. Beautiful scenery. All inclusive for minimal price.

Recommended for
Quality of meals. Interaction of guests. Simplicity.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Mercedes M
  • Spain Spain
I disconnected, enjoyed and returned charged with a lot of energy

Disconnection, nature, beauty, confidence, fun, serenity

Recommended for
Wonderful shallow dives, good crew, good group atmosphere
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Guy C
  • Canada Canada
An unforgettable experience, tiring, interesting, but great.

The wonderful reef formations, animal life and camaraderie. Great bunch of people. I would have enjoyed a little better mattress, and more confortable seating on top. It was however unforgettable.

Recommended for
Dive sites, animal life, sailing.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Alannah D
  • Canada Canada
Absoutely incredible. Something I'll remember forever!

Meeting new amazing people! The washing machine drift dive! The shark feed dive! Everything was amazing, this was a very cool experience and I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Recommended for
The dives, the food, and the helpfulness of the crew.
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