Eastern Caribbean - Caribbean Explorer II Liveaboard

Saturday, Dec 1, 2018 - Saturday, Dec 8, 2018 (1 week)
Led by Lad Akins, REEF Director of Special Projects
17 divers maximum

Explore the islands the Northeastern Caribbean aboard the Caribbean Explorer II, one of the only liveboard dive boats that visits this area year-round. Participants will begin the trip in St. Kitts and end the week in St. Maarten, allowing us to visit a variety of sites throughout the week. This special REEF itinerary will feature diving around Montserrat, which is known for being home to an active volcano. Less than 50 REEF surveys have conducted in the area surrounding Montserrat, and participants will have an opportunity to contribute much-needed data to REEF's online database. Weather permitting, several land-based tours will be offered throughout the week as well.


The Caribbean Explorer II visits excellent reefs of the Eastern Caribbean islands.

Trip Type: Fish Survey - click here to learn more!

Pricing: Main or Lower Deck Stateroom: $2,095 per person based on double occupancy.

Accommodations: The Caribbean Explorer II liveaboard sleeps 18 passengers. There are 4 staterooms located on the main deck, and 5 staterooms on the lower deck. All staterooms are air-conditioned and have private ensuite bathrooms with shower. All 4 Main Deck Staterooms and 2 Lower Deck Staterooms have a window.

Diving: The Caribbean Explorer II offers up to 5 dives a day for 5.5 days. Average water temperature during the time of the trip is approximately 76 degrees Fahrenheit. A 3 or 5mm wetsuit is recommended. All diving is done directly from the dive platform of the mothership, which provides easy access to the water. Visibility is usually between 50-150 ft.

Price Includes: The trip package includes 7 nights of double occupancy accommodation, 5 full days of diving plus one half day of diving, three daily meals and snacks (except Friday night dinner which is ashore), all alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, tanks, weights, and weight belts.

REEF Program Fee: A REEF Program Fee of $300 per diver will be added to each package to cover the cost of the group leader, seminar and REEF survey materials.

Additional Fees: The following costs are not included in the price paid to REEF - Port tax and fuel surcharge to be determined (subject to change until 30 days prior to the trip departure) all flights, transfers to and from the boat dock, dinner ashore in Providenciales on Friday night, optional Nitrox, optional rental equipment, and optional souvenir purchases onboard. Gratuities for the crew are not included in the cost of the charter and are at each individual's discretion. Insurance is not included, however REEF strongly recommends that each participant purchase adequate dive travel insurance to protect you from unforeseen circumstances. More information about dive travel insurance can be viewed here.

About the Trip Leader: Lad Akins, REEF’s Director of Special Projects, is renowned as the leading expert on invasive species, specifically lionfish. He served as the Founding Executive Director of REEF and led the organization in that capacity for 16 years, helping to design and develop REEF’s widely recognized marine conservation programs.

How to Sign Up: To reserve your space or find out more, e-mail us at trips@REEF.org, or call us at 305-588-5869. A $500 deposit will be collected at the time of booking. Visit our Trip Policies page for more information on deposit and payment schedules. 

How to Get There: Participants should make arrangements to fly into St. Kitts Participants are responsible for booking their own airfare. REEF is not able to book air travel for participants. The charter will end in St. Maarten. At the end of the week, participants should fly out of St. Maarten.

Transfers: Airport transfers are not included in the price of the package, but participants will be met at the airport by a driver. The transfer cost is $20-$30/person each way, depending on the size of the transfer group. Participants will board the boat at Port Zante marina in St. Kitts. The boat is available for boarding at 3pm on Dec. 1.

Be on the lookout for frogfish while diving!



Tiger Groupers are one of the most frequently seen grouper species in this part of the Caribbean.



The trip itinerary begins on the tranquil and historic island of St. Kitts.



Relax on the sun deck after a day of diving.

Caribbean Explorer II Website
Design by Joanne Kidd, development by Ben Weintraub