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

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Frank Hall, IN, US
Contributor   (14 reports)
Report Number 5532
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Bahamas, Roatan, Belize, Caymans
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limited according to Nitrox percent.  Back on the boat with no less
than 500 lbs.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large camera table and separate rinse tank.  Handled equipment carefully.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Our flight arrived about 1:00pm (no boarding before 3:00pm).We were met at
the airport by a crew member. The boat had arranged for the cab to drop us
off in front of the cab driver's daughter's restaurant! We had a bite to
eat (hadn't planned on that)and killed time until the cab picked us up
around 3:30pm. Fare to and from the boat is not included in the trip
package.  Counting the excursion to the restaurant,it was $20/person
airport to the boat, and $18/person from the boat back to the airport when
you leave.  The island has gotten really expensive compared to when we were
there 10 years ago.  Prepare for everything to cost more than you had

The boat is in excellent condition and for the most part, the crew was
friendly and professional.  Our cabin had 2 single beds, private head and
shower and was very comfortable.  The food was basic fare, but tasted

The dive operation could use a little better organization and communication
among the crew. They just don't seem as well prepared as live-aboards we've
been on previously.

Hurricane damage was evident.  The reefs were covered with sand, thus there
wasn't a lot of color. We saw numerous sharks, grouper, reef fish, and a
couple of turtles.  The real eye opener is the number of lionfish.  They
are everywhere!  

The boat swings widely and may or may not swing back (in a reasonable
amount of time).  Best to use the mooring as your reference. Two down lines
to hang onto for your safety stop, but it's a wild ride.
Some tidal currents and a rougher ride in the French Cay area.  No current
line put out?  Overall, great boat, mostly great crew, but I'm not sure
it's worth the price.    
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