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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures/Turks & Caicos Explorer II in
Bahamas/South Bahamas

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Carol D Cox, FL, US
Contributor   (14 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6844
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Red Sea, Palau, Truk, Guam, Turkey, Cyprus, Caribbean, Mexico, Roatan,
Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, rainy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
76   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth 100 feet on Nitrox.  Back on the boat 60 minutes after the first
diver gets in the water.  Return with minimum 500 psi.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
yes 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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Comments
Large table on back of boat with compressed air, towels just for cameras,
no food or drink allowed.  Seperate camera rinse tank was good for a fairly
large amou ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
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Food
N/A
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Snorkeling
1 stars  
 
 

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Beginners
2 stars   
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Comments  
       A few weeks of each year, the Turks & Caicos Explorer II heads
to the south Bahamas.  This was an area we had not explored before, so we
booked many months in advance when we were emailed a special rate.  My
husband and I arrived on Great Exuma a few days early to relax and soak up
some local culture.  We were surprised to learn from one of our taxi
drivers (they know everything happening on the island) that the boat is not
based in George Town as the web site implies.  It is an hour away at
Emerald Bay Marina, part of the Sandals complex.  I was glad we stayed on
the island so we had a chance to see George Town and beautiful Elizabeth
Harbor, something many of the passengers did not get to experience. 
	The day we boarded the boat, we hung around our bed and breakfast
wondering when we would be picked up.  Our B&B received a call about
10:30 from the taxi company asking when we wanted to be picked up.  We were
ready, so the taxi took us to the marina.  Apparently, somewhere on the web
site, it says we werent supposed to board before 3:00.  However, the info
the company sent to us after we booked the trip didnt have this
information.  We were early and interrupted the crews lunch.  Polly the
Purser immediately stepped in to take care of us, but we were happy to drop
off our bags and head to the Marinas nice lounge to hang out until it was
time to board.  We understood the mix-up since this not a normal itinerary
for the boat.
	Close to 3:00, we walked back to the boat and settled into our cabin in
the bow of the main deck.  The main deck was ideal because my husband and I
both do lots of photography, and we didnt want to negotiate the steep 
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