Blackbeards Sea Explorer

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With all dormitory style cabins, make life-long friends on an adventure you will remember. Dive the best diving of the Bahamas in the crystal-clear waters diving with sharks and other amazing dive sites.

The 65’ sloop, Blackbeard's Sea Explorer, offers year round dive trips to the crystal clear waters of the Bahamas. Diving with sharks, exhilarating drift diving, beautiful walls and blue holes are what make the Exuma Cays so special. 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, and with over 250 moored dive sites there is no shortage of amazing places to dive!

Blackbeard's Sea Explorer, which is the identical twin sister of Morning Star liveaboard and sister vessel of Aqua Cat, offers 3 dormitory style cabin areas with 18 bunks and 3 heads. Each cabin area has AC, and all are sectioned off with privacy curtains, similar to a sleeper cabin on a train. A trip with Blackbeards Sea Explorer includes up to 19 dives, all meals and snacks and all drinks including beer, wine and rum punch. When you take a trip with Blackbeard's Sea Explorer, not only will you discover some of the best diving the Bahamas has, but you will make life-long friends and have an adventure to remember.

Double bunk beds

Blackbeards Sea Explorer has 4 rooms with double bunk beds. Each bunk with its own privacy curtain similar to a sleeperette on a train. There are no cabins, all berths are dormitory style. Berths are 74? in length, with doubles 48? wide and singles 24? to 36? wide.

  • Double bunk
  • Privacy curtain

Bunk Style Cabin

Blackbeards Sea Explorer has 4 bunk beds with single upper and single lower berths. Ideal for single travelers. This sleeping area accommodates comfortably 4 (crowded 8) Single People. Ideal for groups travelling together. There are no cabins, all berths are dormitory style. Berths are 74 inch in length, with doubles 48 inch wide and singles 24 inch to 36 inch wide.

  • Single bunk

Route Options

6 nights / Approx. 19 dives

The trip begins in Nassau Harbour club and ends in Nassau Harbour club
The closest airport is Nassau Paradise Island Airport (PID)
Transfer from the airport can be arranged
You will receive exact meeting point instructions closer to the trip date directly from the Liveaboard
You can check in on the boat as of 12:00
The boat departs Nassau Harbour club at around 15:00 on the same day

Aboard Cat Ppalu you will dive the most plentiful and color rich walls, reefs, and diverse ocean life in the Bahamas/Exumas.
There will be various species of sharks present and you might very likely encounter a Great Hammerhead, Reef, Tiger, Bull or Black Tip Shark.
Look into the abyss of a blue hole, hundreds of feet deep and discover the mysterious underwater secrets in the warm and pristine waters of the Exumas.
Certified divers can enjoy 3-4 dives per day.
Dive the reefs, wrecks, walls, drifts, blue holes and even a thrilling shark dive! These reefs can on be reached by scuba diving liveaboards.
The coral reefs and underwater visibility is phenomenal, with swim thru's, tongue and groove coral reefs, and prolific sea life. You'll see large fish and large schools of fish! Pelagic sightings are a daily occurrence.
Charters can be tailored to meet the needs of scuba diving groups.

DAY 1
Boarding begins at noon
Check in, safety briefing, lunch and dinner
Set sail at approximately 3 pm.
Sail to the Exuma from Nassau

DAY 2 - 5
Dive, eat, sleep and enjoy (itinerary subject to weather and season)
Divers will have the opportunity to do approx 26 dives on this trip
We shove off for the Exumas and/or Eleuthera very early
Once we leave port, you’ll escape the hustle and bustle of the city to the pristine Exumas
Enjoy incredible sunsets and breathtaking scenery
Many of our sites are frequented by Caribbean Reef Sharks and Nurse Sharks.
We sometimes see hammerheads too, we normally offer at least one shark feed on each trip ... This is the perfect time to see sharks up close and in action.

The Exuma Cays offers nice opportunities to go ashore and explore and enjoy the uninhabited beaches (weather dependent) For these occasions, we highly recommend proper footwear for these eco adventures.

Flip flops are not suitable. In addition to the incredible scuba diving and snorkeling, you will have a great time exploring the 365 mostly uninhabited islands of the Exumas with their many beautiful beaches. You can beach comb, kayak, explore the islands.

Take advantage of all the great photo opportunities like feeding the iguanas on Allan’s Cay or the Swimming Pigs at Pig Island (weather dependent) This is truly the best of the Bahamas- diving the Exuma Cays.

Nassau
Lost Blue Hole -The rim of this large blue hole lies in 40' of water surrounded by coral heads, sting rays and many schools of fish.
Periwinkle Reef -This is a shallow patch reef that is teaming with fish.

Exumas
Amberjack Reef - A 50' patch reef that was the site of our Exumas shark feeding dive.

Barracuda Shoals - This bankside patch reef has huge schools of fish as well as many small critters on the reef and surrounding sand.
Cracked Coral Head - This massive coral head rises 40' off the bottom. Several large swim-thru's make it looked like it is cracked.
Dog Rocks - This reef starts at 35' and slopes off to 50' before dropping straight down into the Exuma Sound. This is one of the best dives in the Bahamas.
Many pelagics frequent this reef, especially eagle rays and sharks.
Jeep Reef - This is one of the prettiest reefs you will ever see. The strong current that sweeps through this cut keeps the reef 's corals very healthy.
Pillar Wall - One of many excellent wall dives.There are many caves and crevices. There is a large colony of yellowhead jawfish in the rubble inside the reef.

The Washing Machine - The strong incoming tide of up to 6 mph takes scuba divers thru a narrow cut where water drops off a ledge and then makes a sharp bend to the left. This causes the water to swirl like the water in a washing machine.
Wax Cut Drift - Divers and Snorkelers alike fly over this 30' reef at over 2 knots. You will see rays, sharks, eels and numerous fish as you drift with the current in the cut between the islands.

Whale Shark Wall - This wall is named for the whale sharks that have frequented this area for several winters. Like all of our walls, when you stare into the abyss, you never know what you might see.

Whale Tail Wall - A great wall just south of Wax Cut. Large parrotfish roam the sand inside the reef while sharks & eagle rays are frequently seen off the wall.

Southwest Eleuthera
Cave Rock - The large variety of corals and fish will amaze you. We have frequently seen Hammerhead Sharks here.
Jake's Hole -The highlight of this dive is the vibrant corals surrounding the hole. Because it is very tidal, scuba divers aren't permitted to enter the hole.
Monolith - Large mounds of coral rise out of the sand at the edge of the wall. They start at 100' and rise to 55'. There is a colony of Garden Eels in the sand next to the mounds.

Vessel Details

Year Built / Refurbished 1979
Length & Width 65'
Length & Width 19'
Speed 8 knts
Speed 8 knts
Engines 1 Ford Lehman
Guest Numbers 18
Disalination & Water Capacitity 650 gal
Diesel Capacity 450 gal
Disalination & Water Capacitity 350 gal/day
Dive Deck 1000 sq ft
Dive Tenders & Zodiacs one 11' inflatable with 15 hp outboard
Wetsuits $35 per week
Regulator $50 per week
BCD $50 per week
Dive Computer $50 per week

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Lost Blue Hole

New Providence, Bahamas

The rim of this large blue hole lies in 40' of water surrounded by coral heads, sting rays and many schools of fish. There is a lobster filled crevice at 80'. In the sand surrounding the hole, divers will find many small fish such as banded jawfish, Seminole gobies and tobacco fish. There are usually 1 or 2 nurse sharks here and during the spring a large school of black nose sharks inhabits the bottom of the 200' hole. This site is normally visited on the way to or from the Exumas. This is the location of our first lionfish sighting.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Periwinkle Reef

New Providence, Bahamas

This is a shallow patch reef that is teaming with fish. The local Nassau operators feed fish here, so sergeant majors and angelfish will approach scuba divers looking for a handout.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Pillar Wall

Bahamas Diving , Bahamas

Pillar Wall is one of many excellent wall dives. It starts at 30' and slopes to 50' before dropping 5,000' to the bottom. There are many caves and crevices. There is a large colony of yellow head jawfish in the rubble inside the reef.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Cave Rock

Bahamas Diving , Bahamas

A large coral mound in 50' of water surrounded by several smaller coral heads. There are several caves where you can swim from one side to the other. The large variety of corals and fish will amaze you. We have frequently seen Hammerhead Sharks here.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:

Jake's Hole

Bahamas Diving , Bahamas

This tidal blue hole lies in 20' of water. The highlight of this dive is the vibrant corals surrounding the hole. Because it is very tidal, scuba divers aren't permitted to enter the hole.

  • Min Dives: 4
  • Dive Type: Boat Dive
  • Diver Level: Open Water Diver
  • Max Depth:
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