Blackbeards Sea Explorer, Bahamas

Excellent food and drinks

“The crew were all quite knowledgeable about the dive sites from a dive POV, Species POV, and conservation POV. There was so much m…”

Aoife S, United States United States
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Highlights

  • Affordable diving in the Bahamas
  • Perfect for single travelers or couples
  • Dive with sharks in the clear blue waters of the Exuma Cays

Join the Blackbeard's Sea Explorer to dive into the crystal-clear waters of the Bahamas. Perfect for single travelers on a budget, the Blackbeard's Sea Explorer, the identical twin sister of Blackbeard's Morning Star, a member of the Blackbeard's Fleet, offers 3 dormitory-style cabin areas with 18 bunks and 3 shared bathrooms. Each cabin area has AC, and all are sectioned off with privacy curtains, similar to a sleeper cabin on a train. There is a choice of double or single bunks. Buffet meals with picnic-style dining are served in the air-conditioned salon, and all meals, snacks, and drinks, including beer, wine, and rum punch, are included during your stay.

Blackbeard's Sea Explorer trips include diving with sharks, exhilarating drift diving, beautiful walls, and blue holes around the Exuma Cays. There is no set itinerary aboard the Sea Explorer liveaboard; the captain and crew will take the boat where the conditions and weather are best. Plenty of non-diving activities are on offer, so your time above the water will be just as memorable as below.

Book online to reserve your space aboard Blackbeard's Sea Explore liveaboard, or call us today.

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.

This boat is part of the All Star Liveaboards fleet.


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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, Land Excursions.

Required Extras: Port Fees (205 USD).

Optional Extras: Travel Insurance, Gratuities, Airport Transfer (18-36 USD), Private Dive Guide (650 USD per trip), Rental Gear.

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
  • Indoor Saloon
  • 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
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available

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.


Diving

  • 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

#deckplan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1979
  • Length 65'
  • Deck area 1000 sq ft
  • Beam 19'
  • Top speed 8 knts
  • Cruising speed 8 knts
  • Engines 1 Ford Lehman
  • Max guests 18
  • Number of cabins 18 dormitory style bunks
  • Number of bathrooms 3
  • Tenders one 11' inflatable with 15 hp outboard
  • Water capacity 650 gal
  • Fuel capacity 450 gal
  • Freshwater maker 350 gal/day

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
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Search light
  • Crew trained in first aid
  • Emergency flares

Blackbeards Sea Explorer Reviews

  • 9.2 Superb
  1. Vessel
    8.0
  2. Crew
    9.7
  3. Food
    9.8
  4. Diving
    9.0
  5. Value
    9.6
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Aoife S
  • United States United States
Best liveaboard hands down

The crew were all quite knowledgeable about the dive sites from a dive POV, Species POV, and conservation POV. There was so much marine life and I cannot wait to go back!

Recommended for
Spectacular diving, attentive staff, and great food.
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Tom H
  • United States United States
Adventurous

Reef sharks, blue hole dive location, drifting dive at the washing machine

Recommended for
The people, food, crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Yukiko I
  • United States United States
First & Best Liveaboard Experience!

I never been on a liveaboard before and this just made my whole year! The crew was exceptionally knowledgeable about the boat and dive sites, and kept us safe even when the wind picked up. We did miss a few dives due to weather, but that didn't take away from any experience - the crew provided us amazing services and there were many solo divers whom we all became friends with - the entire boat felt like one big happy family and it was an amazing experience overall!

Recommended for
Crew, Divers, Shark Feeding!
  • 10 Exceptional
  • KIM V
  • United States United States
Excellent budget friendly trip

The Blue hole was the perfect ending to the trip

Recommended for
The personal chef on board fixing all of our meals for us. Secondly, all of the dive sites and yes even sharks great energy friendliness and professionalism among all of the crew
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Edwin M
  • United States United States
There is no better liveaboard value afloat.

We did 19 dives and it's hard to pick favorites but the shark feeding dive was a bucket list caliber experience. The night dives were exceptional. The washing machine drift dive was a once in a lifetime experience. The part of the experience was meeting the crew and other divers. All were great and made the trip memorable.

Recommended for
The diving was tremendous and the dive guides were great. The food was exectional.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Tara N
  • Canada Canada
Great Week

We just got back from a great week on Sea Explorer in Feb 2024. For the price, it really was a fantastic experience, and other than the accommodations, you don’t really miss out on anything the more expensive liveaboards offer. Rental gear was in good condition, we dove the same sites, food was fantastic and plentiful. The diving was good, though the water was chilly. If you go in Feb, make sure you pack a warm wetsuit and hood/gloves/warm socks. We liked that we got a good variety of types of dives - sunny/shallow reefs, wrecks, walls, drifts, blue hole, night. The crew were truly incredible. Captain Jenn was amazing! She kept us safe and selected dive sites that were suited to the weather/water conditions. She also asked all of us at the start of the trip if we had any “must-dos” and was able to accommodate all of them. The rest of the crew (Ty, Andrew, Mike, Barry, Stacey) worked hard to make sure we had everything we needed to have a great trip. Thanks to all of you!

Recommended for
Crew, shark encounters, ease of diving
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Frank K
  • Germany Germany
Easydiving in the bahamas

Tolle Crew, gute und immer frisch zubereitete Verpflegung, Neue Divebuddys kennengelernt wo‘s Spaß gemacht hat gemeinsam zu abzutauchen.

Recommended for
Nice &helpful Crew; Divesites Sharkfeeding, Washmaschine
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Michaël N
  • Canada Canada
A 1st time and a perfect trip!!! I was very impressed!!!

Excursion to the Paradise with pigs,sting ray and sharks feeding. The crew and the other divers The sharksfeeding dive was incredible.

Recommended for
Diving, the crew,
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Hooman Z
  • Canada Canada
Always so fun. This was my second time with them and it was just great like last time.

Making new friends and see lots nudibranchs !

Recommended for
great dives, food and people
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Richard B
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Sea Explorer adventure

Carribean reef sharks, the helpful hard working crew and the rest of the divers. Ploughing through a storm with the music from pirates of the Caribbean blasting out! Great fun. If you want luxury diving this won't be for you, but the great time we had far out weighs the lack of creature comforts.

Recommended for
Crew, Diving and food