Blackbeards Morning Star, Bahamas


Blackbeard's Morning Star liveaboard is the sister ship and identical twin to Blackbeards Sea Explorer, 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 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (15 USD per activity), Hotel Transfer (15 USD per activity), 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 to rent on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form.
You will need to pay for the rental gear on board of the boat. 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

  • 9.3 Superb
  • 18 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 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.