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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II in
Turks and Caicos/Turks & Caicos Explorer II

Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II, Jul, 2009,

by Ledean Paden, IL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 4 reports). Report 5363.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Fiji, Hawaii, French Polynesian Islands, etc...
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 100 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions dive your computer and 90 min max
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments lots of table room and great conditions for the camera rinse

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Last summer, July 11, 2009 we decided to go for a week on the Turks & Caicos Explorer II. I had no idea that we would see so many sharks, and I mean lots and lots.
The nice thing about diving from a live aboard is how easy it is to get up, eat and dive, eat a snack and dive, eat lunch and dive, take a nap and dive then, you guessed it, dive again. Your tank is always ready to go when you are, simple slip into the BCD and walk off the boat. Its up to you how long you stay underwater, we averaged 60-80 min.
We like to night dive, and not every live aboard thinks it thru for a night dive location. Captain Ken knew what sites worked and didn't work for night adventurers. So, almost everyone did the night dives, this is not the norm. Thumbs up Explorer!!!
This boat is the nicest we have stayed on, a very large room with windows, and a queen size bed. We stayed in room 2 but 1 was just as nice. The lower deck rooms are a bit smaller.
Every meal was wonderful and they cater to your eating habits, we don't eat beef so many options were available for us to pick from, so we were never hungry. Captain Ken was a hoot and fun to be around. I am a little biased since he let me drive the boat, or maybe I just thought I was driving.
We go on a lot of live aboards and explorer always floats to the top as our favorite, they come thru with 5 dives a day, good crew, and dependable running boats.
We stayed on land before and after the charter, we also went with local dive companys, it was fun. I like to support the land based companys as well as the boat, spread the money love around. Have fun!
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