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LIVEABOARD TRIP TO  ST. KITTS, SABA & ST. & MAARTEN 3/5/22
05
Mar
2022

LIVEABOARD TRIP TO ST. KITTS, SABA & ST. & MAARTEN 3/5/22

  • City/State:ST. Kitts
  • Location:GIANT STRIDE DIVE SHOP

  • Length:All Day

Please make deposit before July 1, 2021 as I must release any unsold seats before then. The Northeastern Caribbean is an intriguing area offering a blend of Dutch, British, French and native cultures on some of the most scenic islands of the Caribbean.

The vessel departs Saturday march 5, 2022 from St. Kitts. Itineraries include 5 1/2 days of diving; 2 to 3 days within the Saba Marine Park, and 2 to 3 days at St. Kitts. 5 dives daily are normally offered, including night dives. The schedule also provides for up to 3 island tours during the week, there is ample time for our guests to explore forts, rainforests, duty-free shops and museums. We will need to schedule departing flights 3/5/22 from St Kitts and return flights from St Martin 3/12/22

Package includes: 7 nights/8 days aboard the vessel; up to 5 dives daily (weather permitting);
3 meals daily, except Friday’s evening meal; between-dive snacks; towels, linens, etc.; use of tanks, weights and weight belts; all air fills; alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages. Dive with reef Sharks, Nurse Sharks, Octopus, Morey Eels, Turtles and all the great Macro and beautiful Caribbean reef fish. When we did this in 2015 the crew would have Hot Chocolate with Bailees and Kalua in it after every night dive…. ; )

The Northeastern Caribbean itinerary, combining diving and optional island access, has always been unique within the liveaboard diving industry. As a dedicated dive liveaboard, all diving is done directly off of the vessel, using the expansive dive deck covering the aft third of the main deck. Each diver has his or her own dive gear bin; a large camera table, as well as rinse tanks, wetsuit drying racks, charging stations are available for all to use.

Nitrox is available ($150.00 for the week); tanks are filled in place between each dive, so that there is never any need to disassemble your gear. If you are interested in touring the islands, other guests’ can continue diving. We can also arrange additional time ashore to hike the rainforest-covered mountains, horseback ride on the beach, or even play golf, check with the crew when you board.

A variety of specialty course training is available aboard, if you are desiring to take a specific course with us, please let us know when making your reservation. Complete dive gear and computer rental are also available

Saba, known for its submerged offshore pinnacles, is the 5 square mile top of a dormant volcano towering 3,000 feet above the surface and surrounded by volcanic sand. The abrupt topography above the sea is mirrored below, and the profusion of marine life attests to the early institution of the Saba Marine Park in 1987.
St. Kitts offers arguably the widest variety of sites – finger reefs, recent wrecks, and a variety of dropoffs that will capture your imagination.

A great trip isn’t accomplished purely because of the destination or the marine life but also because of the divers you are there with….a fun loving, wild bunch of North East Divers ensures lots of laughs, great dive buddies and clever antics. Explorer Ventures combines the luxury of cruise travel with spectacular live- aboard diving. The ship’s features include: a spacious dining area; comfortable lounge area with television, DVD, and audio center; shaded and sun decks. Each large passenger cabin has a private bath, and air conditioning. Price for an 8-day/7-night trip (5 1/2 dive days) $2350.00 per person plus $115.00 for port, park and possible fuel surcharge of $80.00 you pay on board and $150.00 for optional Nitrox (YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN FLIGHT.)
deposits are due August 1ST,2021 or pay in full by then to get a $50.00 discount $2300.00), PAY IN FULL BEFORE DECEMBER 1ST 2021 please! Join us  for fun, adventure and more dives in a week than most divers do in a month. We night dive every night and finish up evening with a cocktail or two. When making flight arrangements keep in mind you must arrive in St. Kitts on or before 3/5/22 3pm or later to allow for time to board the boat where we will settle in and have dinner…..we can board at 3pm NOT BEFORE.

MY FLIGHT DETAILS: Flight: 1 Multi-Destination Ticket
All flight times are local to each city. I will post once flights are available.
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St. Kitts Liveaboard Departures

3/5/22 Saturday: St. Kitts

  • 1500: Guests board
  • 1830: Dinner (snacks or dinner available for those arriving on later flights)
  • 2000: Captain’s Briefing, documents, etc. Night spent at dock.

Sunday -Tuesday: St. Kitts

  • 5 dives daily; optional island tour on Monday. Night crossing to Saba (2 hours).

Wednesday – Thursday: Saba

  • 5 dives daily; optional island tour on Thursday. Nights spent at mooring.

Friday: Saba – St. Maarten

  • 2 dives at Saba before lunch; early afternoon crossing to St. Maarten. Afternoon at leisure and dinner ashore, with night spent aboard vessel at dock.

3/12/22 Saturday: St. Maarten

  • 0700-0830: Continental breakfast
  • 0900 : Guests depart the vessel. Should you be leaving on an afternoon flight, please feel free to leave your luggage aboard (or on the dock alongside) until you depart.

Due to the necessity of readying the vessel for our next cruise, we must strictly enforce the 9am departure deadline.

FOR THOSE GOING ON THE LIVEABOARD TRIP TO ST MAARTIN, SABA AND ST KITTS: You have to go to this link print the trip application and liability waiver, fill them out and get a copy to me as well as keep the originals to bring with you on the trip.   ApplicationReleaseCarib.pdf (explorerventures.com)
Please read this link: Travel Requirements – Sint Maarten EHAS (stmaartenehas.com) You will have to fill out an EHAS application within a 2-3 day period before arrival in St. Maartin I’m sur there will be some changes before the next 5 1/2 weeks are up before we depart. We will meet our Crew and find the boat at Bobby’s Marina. Our reservation # is #22547

Hi Red, This is a friendly reminder to please send your and your clients’ negative COVID test results to us prior to departure.  If possible, please forward the test results to us no later than noon Mountain time on the Friday prior to boarding.  Please also remind your clients to present the negative test results upon boarding.  Despite St. Maarten’s new protocols, Explorer Ventures has made the decision to continue to require all guests coming aboard the Caribbean Explorer II to present a negative COVID-19 test results (PCR or antigen) with a sample taken within 2 days of boarding the vessel, regardless of vaccination status. 

The address for your stay will be: Bobby’s Marina Explorer Ventures boat “CARIBBEAN EXPLORER II”

If your clients will be on St. Maarten before Saturday, testing is now widely available on the island.  Please find some on-island testing resources below:

  This is the travel voucher: https://www.explorerventures.com/pdf/VoucherCaribbeanExplorer.pdf

  • Antigen testing is available at the Princess Juliana International Airport for $110, with results turned around in 15-30 minutes.
  • Midtown Medical Clinic in Philipsburg –  Midtown Medical Clinic – +1-721-542-6914: walk-in antigen testing is available Monday-Friday until 3PM, and Saturday 8AM-12PM.
    • $85 antigen test and the turnaround time is about 20 minutes.
  • SLS Services (Cay Hill Location) SLS Services SXM+1 721 542 2518 – walk-in antigen testing is available Monday-Friday 7:30AM-1:00PM and Saturdays 7:30AM – 10:00AM.
    • $45 antigen test  with a quick turnaround time.
  • Healthcare labs has a new location specifically for covid testing, open from Monday to Saturday from 11 am to 1 pm at Emmaplein #1, Philipsburg.  There is no appointment needed there. The PCR test is $100 and the Antigen test is $75.
  • Simpson Bay Resort has Antigen testing every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday And Friday from 5 pm – 7 pm. No appointment needed.  The price for the Antigen test is $75.
  • The Simpson Bay Medical Clinic performs both PCR and Antigen tests.  For antigen tests you get your results within 30 minutes. For PCR tests you receive results within 24 hours.

 

We thank you for your understanding and cooperation and we look forward to having you and your group aboard!

 

Note regarding the EHAS application: All travelers are still required to complete and submit the EHAS application to enter St. Maarten, regardless of their vaccination status.  Vaccinated travelers need to upload proof of vaccination, and unvaccinated travelers will need to upload their negative COVID-19 test results.

 

Warm regards,

The Explorer Ventures team