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

Explorer Ventures/Turks & Caicos Explorer II, Nov, 2012,

by Carol D Cox, FL, US (Contributor Contributor 14 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 6844.

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
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo 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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 1 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
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 ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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