Caribbean Explorer II, St Maarten


Caribbean Explorer II is a 35m luxury liveaboard scheduling year round diving cruises to the best dive sites of Saba/St. Kitts.

Caribbean Explorer II liveaboard can accommodate up to 18 passengers in 9 luxury staterooms. Each stateroom is equipped with air conditioning and private en suite bathroom. Guests will enjoy relaxing in the spacious, air conditioned salon and on the deck with ample room for sunbathing. Caribbean Explorer II offers scuba divers up to 5 spectacular dives each day, including night dives. Onboard dive amenities include a large dive deck, Nitrox, gear bins, rinse tanks, camera table, recharging facilities, and easy exit/entry swim platform.

Saba Marine Park and St. Kitts and Nevis offer some of the most dramatic and breathtaking scuba diving experiences in the Caribbean. Scuba divers aboard Caribbean Explorer II plunge into warm, turquoise waters teeming with marine life.

Book online or speak with one of our agents to reserve your Caribbean Explorer II Saba/St. Kitts/St. Maarten liveaboard diving holiday.

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Included: VAT, Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: National Park Fees (115 USD), Port Fees, Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (10-30 USD), Nitrox Course (135 USD), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (75-210 USD), Land Excursions, Snorkel 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

  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • Library
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Outside Showers
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Leisure Deck
  • Bar
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

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


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Tenders for diving

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

Caribbean Explorer II Deck Plan floorplan


Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1978
  • Year renovated 1999
  • Length 115 feet
  • Beam 25 feet
  • Top speed 12 knots
  • Engines 2 x GM 12 V 71 450HP each
  • Max guests 18
  • Number of cabins 9
  • Number of bathrooms 9
  • Tenders 16-foot rigid hull inflatable (25 hp. engine)
  • Water capacity 1'500 gallons
  • Fuel capacity 2'500 gallons
  • Freshwater maker 1'200 gallons per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Satellite & mobile phones
  • Bilge pump alarm
  • Emergency flares

Caribbean Explorer II Reviews

  • 9.0 Superb
  • 26 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Mingyu W
  • United States United States
Nice boat and good food

Overall a nice dive trip, visited many places, crew were nice and food was good.

Recommended for
food, staff, dive sites
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Brit B
  • United States United States
Superb diving and fantastic divemasters!

I completed my advanced open water training on the CEX2 with fantastic trainers. The crew was amazing and made up for the ornery captain. The boat is older and showing its age, but the focal point was the diving and each dive was filled with excellent corals, sea life, or both. I would recommend this trip to any diver looking for an excellent underwater experience.

Recommended for
Diving, Divemasters, Food
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Adel Z
  • United States United States
Great value

I saw more lobsters on this trip than I have seen on all my previous dives, amazing. I enjoyed very much diving in the reserve at Saba

Recommended for
The diving was great, much better than I ever expected. The variety of sea life was great. The dive schedule was definitely intense
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Jurek H
  • United States United States
Windy Trip

Friendly crew and divers, private cabin, great shower, warm towels and hot spiced cocoa drinks after night dives. Unfortunately diving sites were below average due to winds and rough seas. Hardly any "large" creatures.

Recommended for
Cabin comfort, Shower and toilet, staff
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Jiahao H
  • United States United States
Great crew and dives

Night dives, eagle Rays, seahorses, and amazing reefs

Recommended for
Crew, boat comfort, diving tours
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Byron G
  • United States United States
Seas were a little rough but the captain found good dive spots dispite the conditions.

Food was amazing. Great shipmates.

Recommended for
Great food, friendly atmosphere, capable crew
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Avgoustinos N
  • United States United States
Fantastic experience fully recomended


Recommended for
Crew, value for money,
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Phil D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
A fantastic dive and travel experience with a crew that made it special

Diving around Saba and having that as a backdrop to your trip. Having a dive guide if you wanted, but they were relaxed about you going off as buddy pairs as you wanted. The last night dive of the trip we had a nurse shark follow us and go on a feeding frenzy which was great to experience.

Recommended for
The macro life, crew and the boat setup, land tours to see the islands
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Esmail H
  • United States United States
A dive trip in northeastern Caribbean.

Incredibly well organized,talented and helpful crew. The have mastered not only the diving sites but also the history of the Caribbean. Food was great in a clean dining area; with buffet served in every meals and snacks between dives. I would highly recommend the Caribbean Explorer II to anyone who want to dive. MY thanks and Happy New Year go to captain Ian crew Brett,Polly,Christen,Sara and chef Julian and also John.

Recommended for
Knowledgeable dive guides,friendly crew and clean boat/cabin/dining .
  • 10 Exceptional
  • W. Hayes W
  • United States United States
The Caribbean Explorer II St Maarten-Saba-St Kitts dive trip should be on everyone's bucket list!

Diving Diamond Rock off the Saba coast was exhilerating! Socializing with the other guests and getting to know the crew was a memorable experience as well.

Recommended for
The dive staff was enthusiastic and very knowledgeable about the marine life at each dive site. The entire crew was attentive to my specific needs and ensured my safety. The food was plentiful, tasty and of a wide variety.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Jurek H
  • United States United States
Many available dives

doing all 27 available dives, good visibility at Saba diving.

Recommended for
27 available dives, freedom for advanced divers, good pressure fill of scuba tanks.
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Deborah F
  • Canada Canada
So friendly while at the same time professional

The variety of diving.

Recommended for
Diving everyday, friendliness of staff, being at sea.
  • 7.6 Good
  • William K
  • United States United States
A Good First Live Aboard Experience

This was my first live aboard dive trip so I don't have a strong basis for comparison. BUT, I have stayed at all inclusive resorts where I dove regularly. For a vacation oriented around diving, this was certainly a better value for money. I went on all the dives and relaxing on the boat between dives made it easier to look at the books on what I was seeing. Sooo, I learned more and saw more than on any other dive trip (I have 100+ dives over 25 years - very sporadic). My 20 & 30 something children were with me and this was a good trip for beginner divers as well as experienced divers. Tent Wall and Diamond Rock were spectacular dives. Skip the Saba tour but do the St Kitts tour. Cabin was small and we had a minor plumbing issue. Half the crew was very friendly and half was just okay. Two dives off St Kitts: very poor visibility and group got split up - not good.

Recommended for
Saba Dives: Tent Wall and Diamond Rock; Good Food; Warm Towel Hugs after Night Dives
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Aaron D
  • United States United States
Great trip

All of the diving was superb, aside from that, the staff was always attentive, friendly, and ready to answer any questions we had. The side trips (land tours) were a nice break too so it wasn't just all pure diving (people that would want that of course could skip the land tour, but for us it was a nice change of pace). Diving at Saba was wonderful, St. Kitts slightly more trashed but still good. Can't say enough good things about the staff! They were amazing.

Recommended for
crew, location, and extras
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Derek M
  • United States United States
Awesome Week!

Good diving and super nice crew. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, and the food was awesome-never left a meal hungry. Curtis, Tay & Polly were great dive guides and always gave thorough briefings. St. Kitts was primarily wrecks with some reefs/coral, while Saba was all reefs and pinnacles. The highlights were in Saba, but there were also a few low vis dives here. The reefs and wrecks were healthy. Sea turles, octopus, eels, reef fish, sharks in Saba... Different depths, deeper in Saba, but never over 95 feet. Most of my dives were 45-60 minutes (some are shorter because you can't go around a pinnacle quicker than 40 mins so 2x is unrealistic...). Spent most of our time 40-75 feet down. Couldn't have asked for a better week!

Recommended for
Lots of diving, great crew/guests, tasty food
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Esther A
  • United States United States
It's all about great diving and hospitality!

It's all about the diving. No-frills accommodations, the boat is a bit outdated, but comfortable enough and excellent food. Great service from all the staff. Especially good dive instructors, good equipment and attention to safety. The dive sites are some of the best anywhere, just amazing marine life and no adverse conditions.

Recommended for
Easy diving conditions & good visibility, Saba Marine Park is pristine, excellent food.
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Thomas A
  • United States United States
It was a truly delightful trip in all respects!

Every day was very enjoyable with diverse dive sites, great food, and a superb attention to detail of every aspect of the voyage from each and every one of the crew member. All dives that I took on this trip were highlights because they were all beautiful, but different, and very safe and well-planned, plus the tour of the magnificent island of Saba, the feast on the locally caught mahi-mahi on Tuesday evening, and talks to Ernie, the captain who is an extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and amiable person.

Recommended for
Exceptional customer service on behalf of all the crew, a great choice of the dive sites, and profound knowledge and skills of the dive instructors
  • 8.4 Very good
  • Charles R
  • United States United States
Wonderful getaway

Staff & underwater exploration

Recommended for
Staff. Food. Diving
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Ceri D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Good value trips

Very good trip, small boat and not particularly luxurious but everything worked and it was good value for money considering the great food/drink and service provided by the fantastic crew. Ratings for Diving and Dive Guides together doesnt' make sense as they are completely independant - guides were excellent (5/5) and the diving was good but not outstanding (3/5) hence the 4/5 overall.

Recommended for
value for money, great crew & food
  • 7.2 Good
  • James M
  • United States United States
St. Kitts and Saba diving

The coral and colors in the St. Kitts diving was awesome. The Saba diving could be better at different sea conditions.

Recommended for
Food was terrific. Dives were great while near St. Kitts, but not so good near Saba.
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Cameron B
  • Canada Canada
Great adventure on board of CE II, comfortable stay and plenty of diving

We managed 25 dives during our time on board. I felt very safe and our dive masters were very knowledgeable about marine life as well as dive sites.Plenty of good food and beverages of every kind available. Overall good value, considering amount of dives available,boat quality and service provided. Thanks to captain Ian,Brett,Kathy,Jenny,Terry and chef Jim for good times on board of CE II. Hope to make this trip again Radek

Recommended for
The boat is spacious, well equipped , good AC in cabins,and crew is awesome and very dedicated to their customer
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Nada S
  • Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia
I loved it from beginning to end.

Seeing new fish and creatures. Viewing how the crew worked together to provid us with the best time. Filiming an Octopus grabbing my camera.. I loved it.

Recommended for
The Crew!, the dive sites, and the food
  • 9.2 Superb
  • David D
  • United States United States
First live aboard but won't be my last

As my first live aboard I wasn't sure what to expect but after just a few minutes on board I knew that this was going to be a great experience. I cannot say enough about the crew, just simply unbelievable service. The food was outstanding and plentiful. And the diving was top notch, 27 dives offered with lots of variation. Wrecks, walls, and reefs from 45 to 130 feet all with lots of life. I am already planning my next adventure with the Explorer family.

Recommended for
The crew, the food, the diving
  • 9.2 Superb
  • Marcio R
  • Portugal Portugal
I've been a diver since 2013 and this trip open my eyes to the little aquatic live forms that I never noticed! Thanks Tuna!

My 100th dive along with the most fantastic night dives. From the Captain through the Divemaster everyone deserves a big thanks for sharing all the knowledge and make it so much fun. I'll be back!

Recommended for
The convince of the dives, the amount of dives available and the dive crew orientated.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Jane N
  • United States United States
I had great time on the Caribbean Explorer II

Diving. My favorite was the early morning dive on Friday! The staff was a lot of fun and made the trip a great experience. At the same time they were very professional and you could tell they took great pride in their work. They all seemed to work very well together. The Captain was always around and helping out which was a pleasant surprise. I truly enjoyed this trip with this group of staff. Captain - Bob First mate - Brett Dive Masters - Dave, JT, Rob Cook/Chef - Cathy

Recommended for
Staff, food, diving
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Ceri D
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Good value trips

Very good trip, small boat and not particularly luxurious but everything worked and it was good value for money considering the great food/drink and service provided by the fantastic crew. Ratings for Diving and Dive Guides together doesnt' make sense as they are completely independant - guides were excellent (5/5) and the diving was good but not outstanding (3/5) hence the 4/5 overall.

Recommended for
value for money, great crew & food