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

July, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US
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Report Number 6627
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Aruba, Bahamas, St. Maarten, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Curacao,
Palau, Lake Tahoe, Grand Cayman, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
no deco; nitrox limited to 110 feet.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
5 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated LARGE rinse tank, separate oounter & towels for cameras. 
Crew handed cameras to divers and took them aboard after dive; very careful
with equipment.  I'm not a photographer, but the set-up was top-notch.  All
outlets onboard (including cabins) were 110 volts for recharging.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
5 stars    
I had read reports here describing the boat's swing, and it was much more
than I expected (probably an arc of 100 yards or more).  However, once you
got used to it (by the 2nd or 3rd dive), it was a matter of locating the
boat by sound, then sight, and either grabbing the hang lines or killing
time in the general area (bus stop) and waiting for it to swing by again. 
Safety stop while hanging on the line was like a carnival ride--great fun
watching the fish below.  I won't repeat earlier reviews about the
accomodations and food--super!  There were only 5 divers (I was the only
female guest), and we all had our own cabins.  Plenty of hot water in cabin
showers and showers on lower deck right next to dive platform.  Sharks
(reef and nurse) on almost every dive.  Saw squadron of three spotted eagle
rays on last dive.  Lots of big jacks, especially on night dives when they
were hunting.  The photographers went nuts over the sharks, especially when
they circled us for 10 minutes or more at a time. I love looking for the
relatively rare fish (such as indigo hamlets) and I wasn't disappointed. 
Walls were beautiful; most dives started with short swim to wall, 20
minutes or so cruising along the wall, then the rest of the dive on top of
the reef.  Visibility wasn't 100 feet or more because of wind/chop and
sponges spawning.  It was really neat to see the tube sponges
spawning--like smokestacks! With a small group (5 plus DM), it was easy to
get good 60 minute dives; just had to watch your O2 load. This is not a
trip for beginner divers due to depths and boat swing.  Everyone was on
NITROX (some of us switched to air for night dive to avoid bumping the
oxygen limit or skipped dives).  Because of windy conditions at beginning
of week, we started at NW point, then to West Caicos and French Cay.  I'll
definitely go back next year.  Be prepared for chaotic waiting area at
airport.  Nine flights depart within 45 minutes on Saturdays around 2 pm;
the waiting area is jammed; hardly any room to move, let alone avoid
getting banged with someone else's roller bag.  I'm glad I paid the extra
$40 to check the 2nd bag (1st one was free on Delta with Delta AX card.)
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