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

Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II/Sibonne Hotel: "Classy Liveaboard and Great Diving", Oct, 2015,

by Gareth Richards, OH, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 8547.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Galapagos, Cocos, Philippines, GBR, NZ, Bahamas, Mexico, Cayman, US Keys, Mediterranean
Closest Airport PLS Getting There DL, AA, Jetblue all have daily or multiple daily flights.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 40 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Back on the boat with 500 psi. 60 minutes max. but they were relaxed about it. Free to follow the DM or not. Solo diving OK if certified and equipped.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 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 Big Camera Deck with dedicated towels and air lines. Big dedicated camera tank. Crew were good about careful handling, passing down cameras and retrieving. ... 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 5 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments A week on the T&C Explorer II and then a week on land at the Sibonne hotel. Both were excellent.

My wife (Advanced, 70 dives) and myself (Rescue, 300 dives) spent a great week on the Explorer. It was her first liveaboard and I was looking for a place with warm water in October. I booked through Reef and Rainforest travel agency and this was their recommendation. I was very pleased. The boat has plenty of space in the salon and a large dive deck. Normal process, you set up your gear when you first arrive and then it stays in your slot till you depart.

Rooms are not large but very comfortable. We had cabin 6 which was set up as a queen bed with about 2 feet around it. Large drawere under the beds for storage. All suitcases, dive bags stored away for the duration, unpack when you arrive.

Food was varied and they accommodated my vegetarian partner well. For example we had steaks, she had a veggie burger; we had chicken, shed had tofu, ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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