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

Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II, Jul, 2012,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 40 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 6627.

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

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions no deco; nitrox limited to 110 feet.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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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