All Star Sea Explorer
Summer camp-style scuba liveaboard offering some of the best budget-friendly diving in the Bahamas
- Experience a unique ‘camping on the water’ style atmosphere
- Energetic and fun-loving liveaboard cruises for sociable and outgoing guests
- Voted best value liveaboard in the dive industry
- Benefit from over 40-years of experience diving in the Bahamas
Blackbeard’s Cruises’ All Star Sea Explorer is an energetic, sociable dive liveaboard that describes itself as something akin to ‘camping on the water’. Part of the infamous Blackbeard’s Cruises fleet, Sea Explorer offers a lively atmosphere each and every voyage around the Exuma Cays. You’ll be exploring some of the best dive sites in the Bahamas, and enjoying plenty of exciting activities - with an experienced team doing all the legwork. And, when the sun begins to set on each day of adventure, you’ll find yourself surrounded by new friends, sharing dive stories, tips, jokes, and delicious rum punch under a star-filled sky.
Number of cabins
Scheduled, private charter available
The All Star Sea Explorer was the first of Blackbeard’s Cruises’ two twin liveaboard sailboats, and was originally built in 1979 to take both boy and girl scouts sailing and diving. Today, this 20-metre vessel offers weekly voyages to the Exuma Cays geared towards all types of travellers including singles, couples, and groups, as well as both new and experienced divers. But most of all, this vessel caters to explorers, fun-lovers, and anyone with a passion for diving and a sense of adventure. Blackbeard’s liveaboard voyages take pride in their low-key approach and relaxed atmosphere, encouraging guests to disconnect from the world and make new friends, fast.
Blackbeard’s Cruises is a member of the All Star Liveaboards family, an experienced operator that started life with a single vessel in Bimini over 40 years ago. All Star Liveaboards’ all-star team believe strongly that scuba diving travel needs to be within reach of the next generation of divers, and their fleet now features four vessels, covering three distinct price-points, from budget to luxury. They even offer a crewed charter catamaran option that can be customised to accommodate divers and non-divers. Throughout the years of growth, one constant has always remained - every member of the All Star Liveaboards’ dive management family is a passionate scuba diver and understands the unique needs of the industry and its customers.
Onboard All Star Sea Explorer
At 20-metres long, Sea Explorer accommodates up to 18 guests in a selection of double and single bunks rooms with privacy curtains. The vessel’s galley may be small but it’s big on prepping food that gives divers plenty of energy to power through the day. Expect a full breakfast, hot lunch and dinner, and a delicious dessert every day. Meals are either taken in the main salon, or picnic-style on deck. You’ll also find ample strong coffee to get you amped up for the day, and once your diving is done, you can enjoy a cold beer or some of Blackbeard’s famous rum punch. And, to make sure your non-diving and above the waterline time is just as memorable as the diving, Sea Explorer itineraries offer a range of hands-on activities including fishing, sailing, halyard swinging, freediving, and circling the Blue Hole.
Diving from All Star Sea Explorer
The variety of diving available in the Bahamas is amazing, and Sea Explorer offers everything from beautiful reefs at all depths, awe-inspiring walls, swift drift dives, night dives, mysterious blue holes, and even shark feeding dives. Top of the line rental gear can be provided for guests without equipment, including torches and dive computers. A range of scuba certifications can also be arranged, including open water checkouts, and more advanced courses.
- Travelling with a partner? Several of Sea Explorer’s double bunks offer slightly more privacy than the rest, making them great for couples.
- Fishing is possible directly from the boat, and any catch can be utilised in the menu. But bear in mind that you’ll spend a lot of time within a protected marine sanctuary where fishing is strictly prohibited.
- The most common sharks on these trips are nurse and Caribbean reef sharks.
- Pack light, you won’t need many clothes and they will be stored on a shelf in your bunk.