Caribbean Explorer II, St Maarten



  • Up to 28 dives during the trip, including night dives
  • Dive wrecks and stunning coral reefs
  • All alcoholic beverages included
  • Nitrox and courses available onboard
  • Optional land tours explore historic sites in Saba & St Kitts

The Caribbean Explorer II liveaboard offers year-round diving at Saba and St. Kitts in the Northern Caribbean. With a blend of comfort and quality, she caters to 18 guests in 9 staterooms, each with either twin or double beds, private en-suite bathrooms, individually controlled AC, and storage space. Five cabins are located on the lower deck, and 4 cabins are on the main deck. On the upper deck is a partially enclosed dining room where guests enjoy gourmet cuisine and amazing views. There is also an air-conditioned salon with an entertainment system. The sun deck has loungers for relaxing between dives. The large dive platform at the back of the main deck is equipped with individual gear lockers, a large camera table with low-pressure air hoses, recharging stations, tank racks, a bathroom, and separate freshwater rinse baths for dive equipment and cameras.

Dive itineraries aboard the Caribbean Explorer II explore some of the best dive sites in the northern Caribbean. Known for its offshore pinnacles, deep underwater seamounts, finger reefs, recent wrecks, and various coral labyrinths, Saba and St. Kitts have a lot to offer divers underwater. Diving in Saba Marine Park mixes steep vertical walls and coral labyrinths. Expect to see reef sharks, turtles, rays, and more. Protected in 1987, Saba Marine Park encompasses the waters and seabed encircling the entire Caribbean island of Saba, ensuring the park's thriving aquatic life remains healthy. Diving in St Kitts is a diversity of wrecks, ancient relics, and bustling coral reefs. Some top dive sites here include the Wreck of the River Taw, Anchors Aweigh, and Paradise Reef. Divers can see various macro life, including frogfish and sea horses, as well as sharks, turtles, and octopuses. Night dives on the reefs are immensely active, followed by hot towels and cocoa.

The Caribbean Explorer II liveaboard is a fantastic choice for diving at Saba & St. Kitts. Book online today to reserve your space.

This boat is part of the Explorer Ventures fleet.

The captain, crew and staff of the Caribbean Explorer II are operating at the highest safety standards to comply with the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests on board.

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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: Fuel Surcharge (215 USD per trip), National Park Fees (115 USD per trip).

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (10-30 USD), Nitrox (10 USD per tank), Nitrox Course (135 USD), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (75-210 USD), Land Excursions (35-50 USD), 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

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

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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
  • 62 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 8.0 Very good
  • jurek H
  • United States United States
Windy trip to Saba

Good trip, friendly crew and guests

Recommended for
Crew, dive guides, cabin comfort
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Steven R
  • United States United States
Great rollin with punches of pandemic. Wonderful attitude.

Gettin away.

Recommended for
Captain and crew, food, guests.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tatyana 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
  • 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