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M/V Big Blue Explorer

MV Big Blue Explorer is a large and well-equipped fully air-conditioned cruiser. This vessel offers ensuite restroom facilities, a full compliment of superbly trained crew, an ambiance of planned comfort while cruising the remote and enchanting islands of the tropics. Big Blue Explorer is set to provide the best diving and island adventures.

It is the most well known of all the Explorer Fleet vessels. Based in Palau since 1999, she has become a familiar figure on the seascape. Big Blue offers 7 nights / 8 days live-aboard dive expeditions in and around the pristine waters of Palau. Divers are invited to experience one of the finest dive destinations in the world. From a drift through the German Channel to the wonders of Blue Corner, Palau brings the excitement back to your underwater experience.

Quick Fact Sheet for M/V Big Blue Explorer:

Destinations
Palau
Diving days
8 to 8
Price
2,149 to 2,449
Fullcharter
upon request
Nitrox
YES
36
4*

Schedule and Prices

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Saturday: Manila - Koror
13.30 Arrival in Koror
- 14.30 Immigration Clearance
- 15.30 Transfer to M/V Big Blue Explorer
- 16.00 Check in and room allocation
- 17.00 Signing, briefing and gear set up
18.00 Dinner
Day 2 - Sunday
7.30 Light Breakfast
9.00 Welcome Briefing
10.00 1st dive: Ngedbus Gardens/Ngemelis Gardens
12.00 Lunch
13.30 2nd dive: Turtle Cove
15.00 Snack
16.00 3rd dive: Turtle Wall
18.30 Dinner
19.30 4th dive: Night dive at Ngedbus Gardens/Ngemelis Gardens
Day 3 - Monday
6.30 Light Breakfast
7.30 1st dive: Big Drop Off
9.00 Breakfast
10.00 2nd dive: Blue Corner
12.00 Lunch
13.30 3rd dive: German Channel
15.00 Snack
18.30 Dinner
19.30 Night Dive: Big Drop Off
Day 4 - Tuesday
6.30 Light Breakfast
7.30 1st dive: New Drop Off
9.00 Breakfast
10.00 2nd dive: Ngedbus Corner
12.00 Lunch
13.30 3rd dive: Ngemelis Wall
15.00 Snack
16.00 4th dive: Blue Corner
18.30 Dinner
19.30 Night Dive: Barnum Wall
Day 5 - Wednesday
6.30 Light Breakfast
7.30 1st dive: Peleliu Wall
9.00 Breakfast
10.00 2nd dive: Peleliu CutCorner
12.00 Lunch
13.30 3rd dive: The Pocket
15.00 Snack
16.00 Land Tour at Peleliu Battle of WWII or dive Orange Beach
18.30 Dinner
19.30 Night Dive: Peleliu Wall
Day 6 - Thursday
6.30 Light Breakfast
7.30 1st dive: Siaes Tunnel
9.00 Breakfast
10.00 2nd dive: Ulong Channel
12.00 Lunch
13.30 Snorkel Trip: Jelly Fish Lake
15.00 Snack
16.00 3rd dive: Blue Corner
18.30 Dinner
19.30 Night Dive: Ngemelis Wall
Day 7 - Friday
7.30 Breakfast
10.00 1st dive: Wreck Dive
12.00 Lunch
13.30 2nd dive: Chandelier Cave
15.00 Snack
16.00 3rd dive: Mandarin Fish Lake
18.30 Dinner
Day 8 - Saturday
Breakfast - Gear Preparation - Disembarkation - Transfer to Airport

Fees/Terms & Conditions

Included in this Price is:

7 Nights Private Cabin Accommodations
6 Days Unlimited Guided Diving
All Meals, Snacks and Soft Drinks, Airport Transfers
Free Use of Kayaks

Not included in the price:

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Dates, Prices, Nationalpark-, Entry-, Visa- and other Fee, and Itineraries are subject to change without prior notice.

Technical Details

  • Fully air-conditioned and carpeted interiors
  • 9 twin cabins with ensuite toilet and shower facilities
  • 9 twin cabins with common toilet and shower facilites
  • 1 whirlpool jacuzzi
  • Hot and cold water
  • 8 open rinse showers on desk
  • Entertainment center with TV VHS and stereo
  • Salon
  • Library of books, magazines, VCR/VCD/DVD and tapes
  • 50 sq.m. large sundeck for open dining with teak furniture
  • 220/100V
  • Telephone system in each room, satellite telephone and e-mail available
  • 18 experienced service crew.
Specifications
  • Length - 51 M / 167 ft
  • Beam - 8.60 M / 28 ft
  • Draft - 3.75 M / 12.18 ft
  • Cruising Speed - 14 knots
  • Maximum Speed - 16 knots
  • Range - 9,000 nautical miles
  • Hull - Steel with stabilizers
  • Main Engine - Akasaka 2700 PS
  • Generators - 2 x Niigata 250 KVA, 1 x Isuzu 30 KVA
  • Water Maker - 1 x 10 tons, 2 x 5 tons per day
  • Water Capacity - 70 tons
Safety Equipment
  • First aid station with 2 oxygen resuscitators
  • GMDSS
  • EPIRB
  • 4 x 20 person capacity inflatable life rafts
  • Oxygen tanks with demand type and free-flow regulator
  • SSB radio
  • Marine VHF
  • Weather fax
Scuba Diving Equipment
  • 2 Bauer k15 compressors - 15 cfm each
  • 100 - aluminum 80 tanks, 30 nitrox tanks
  • regulators, weight belts, weights
  • divelights, BCDs, nitrox, airfills
  • Dolphin and Atlantis 1 Rebreather
  • Sea and Sea Camera, Oceanic DPV
  • E-6 film processing
  • Video NTSC and PAL system
  • Camera Room (special arrangement)
Communication and Navigation
  • Radio - Anritsu Marine VHF, ICOM SSB
  • 6 x Handheld VHF
  • RADAR - Furuno depth finder
  • Weather fax - Furuno
  • GPS - Furuno GP 500
  • Imarsat Worldwide Telephone Communication System
  • TENDER - 2 x 10 meter chase boats and 2 x 8 meter skiffs

 


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