Blackbeard's Sea Explorer Liveaboard Review

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Blackbeard’s Sea Explorer dive boat review

Blackbeard’s Sea Explorer and Blackbeard’s Morning Star offer maximum enjoyment for minimum price! The company motto is “Twice the fun, half the cost!”


For more than 35 years Blackbeard’s Cruises have been operating in the area – offering lots of fun, affordable cruises to the amazing diving of the Bahamas Out Islands (all except New Providence and Grand Bahama).


There is a sub-tropical climate in the Bahamas which means great weather almost year-round. There’s a huge variety of aquatic life; keep your eyes peeled for the national fish of the Bahamas – the Nassau Grouper. You may find yourself in an encounter with a dolphin, ray, shark or turtle as you navigate around the colourful corals! There’s also variety to the dive sites included secluded reefs and walls. And, for an exciting drift dive you may even experience the famous ‘washing machine’. With great visibility of 24-30m, a water temperature of 24c in winter and 30c in summer and colourful aquatic life – there’s something for everyone. The diving is suitable for all levels.



Originally constructed in 2003, the traditionally styled sloop is 65ft/20m in length and 19ft/5.7m in beam. She has a powerful Ford Lehman engine and cruises between the islands at 8 knots. Blackbeard’s Sea Explorer and Blackbeard’s Morning Star are a caribbean pirate’s way of going scuba diving!

Don’t be fooled into thinking this pirate ship is lacking in safety features. All modern safety features have been inclued ranging from radar, depth sounder, GPS and radio through to a first aid trained crew should the need arise.

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Cabins and Boat Layout


Blackbeard’s Sea Explorer is a fun vessel with a party atmosphere – for those wanting to socialise and have a great time.


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The accomodation is all in the dormitory-style. Accommodation for the  24 people is in either single or couple berths. Beds/Berths are single upper and lower, or double upper and lower, each with its own privacy curtain. The cabins are air-conditioned and there are 3 shared bathrooms on the vessel.


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Relaxing in the salon/dining area


There’s a salon area where you might relax and share stories with the other divers on surface intervals. This is also the same air-conditioned area where you’ll settle down for buffet style food with the other divers each meal-time.

There’s also space to relax and take in the Caribbean sunshine at the bow of the boat.


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Non-alcoholic drinks are available all day for divers. And snacks are available throughout the day should you still feel peckish. As the sun sets and the diving is done there’s also complimentary beer and rum punch.


Diving onboard Blackbeard’s Sea Explorer


There are up to 19 dives usually available on a week’s cruise. There are approximately 250 dive sites to sites and a huge variety of different dive experiences to be had.

With a briefing before each dive, the English-speaking crew are then there to make sure you have a fun and safe time.


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Dive deck


There are DIN/yoke adaptors should you have brought your own regulators from Europe.

The vessel also has a diving tender/dinghy to assist with logistics, take guest to the islands’ beaches and pick up divers as needed.




Blackbeard’s ‘Best of the Bahamas’ runs each week taking in the best the islands have to offer based on experience and conditions.


Expect to pay just EUR895 for a 7 day/6 night trip. This equates to only EUR127/day, making her an extremely affordable option. Please note that this does not include some extras such as port/marine park fees and crew tips. Please contact us for further details.

Where does this liveaboard dive boat go?

Check out the fabulous places where this dive boat travels to.
Note: some destinations may not be listed below, please enquire for more details.


Jamaica is a great vacation and scuba diving destination in the Caribbean Sea!

Jamaica Diving Review


The island of Aruba is surrounded by outstanding reefs, and has a number of wrecks.

Aruba Diving Review


The marine protection programs in Cuba has resulted in pristine coral reefs.

Cuba Diving Review

U.S. Virgin Islands

The United States Virgin Islands – America’s Caribbean. Outstanding scuba diving in a vacation haven.

U.S. Virgin Islands Diving Review

Cayman Islands

You can dive a different dive site every day for a year!

Cayman Islands Diving Review


Bonaire has been voted the Best Shore Dive Destination 22 consecutive times by the readers of Scuba Diving Magazine.

Bonaire Diving Review

St. Kitts and Nevis

St. Kitts and Nevis has excellent scuba diving that is close to shore meaning short boat rides. Being a small island, dive boats can always find a sheltered dive site in poor weather.

St. Kitts and Nevis Diving Review

The Caribbean

The Caribbean is one of the most dived destinations in the world. A great destination for beginners as well as experts. With thousands of dive sites it offers something for just about everyone.

The Caribbean Diving Review


Saba offers Scuba divers site sites that are pristine and loaded with marine life.

Saba Diving Review

Turks & Caicos

The Turks & Caicos Islands provides Scuba divers with a dive experience not easily matched.

Turks & Caicos Diving Review

Saint Martin

A great selection of wrecks and reefs for divers of all skill levels.

Saint Martin Diving Review

Dominican Republic

The Dominican Republic is a lessor known dive destinations with outstanding diving from both the north and south coast. It is also the kick off point to the nearby Silver Banks.

Dominican Republic Diving Review


The Bahamas offer a wide range of diving sites. There are sites that are great for learning to dive and others for experienced divers. Cave divers will find many opportunities.

Bahamas Diving Review

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