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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures in
Turks and Caicos

May, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Barry Zigas, DC, United States
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2572
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
New Zealand, Hawaii, Grand Cayman, California, Turkey, Australia, Curacao,
Florida, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
70   to 75    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deeper than 130', back on board with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated rinse tanks on dive deck, charging station in a cabinet on dive
deck, dedicated carpeted shelf for cameras.  Crew handed cameras to divers
once in the water, always took them back at the end of the dive before
divers climbed the ladders to protect the equipment.  Very helpful and
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
The T&C Explorer II is a well-equipped and comfortable home away from
home. The cabins are on 3 decks.  Most passengers are on the lower deck in
bunk-bed doubles, with ensuite bathrooms with hot showers.  The bunk beds
are somewhat narrow, particularly on top, and the ceiling heights a little
cramped, but we hardly spent any time in them when not sleeping.  AC is
especially powerful during the day, comfortable at night.  The main salon
is large and comfortable with tables and two couches for reading or
lounging. The upstairs sun deck is covered (and used by smokers if they're
on board) with tables and chairs.  The main dive deck is roomy with tanks
arrayed on a central island and on both sides of the boat.  Equipment is
hooked up on tanks on arrival, then tanks are refilled in place after every
dive.  The dive platform is a short flight of stairs down from the deck.
Some of our divers could not navigate the short trip when geared up. The
crew was available always to carry equipment down and back up at the end of
the dive for these divers.  The food was plentiful, fresh, and well
prepared.  The boat moved only a few times during the week, and we had 5
dives per day, including night dives every night.  Bad weather cut this
down one day, but we still logged 4 dives before and after a storm passed
through.  On the first day there were long waits on shore for divers
arriving early in the day, and we were shuttled to the boat on a zodiac
from a beach as they have no docking privileges in a marina at this time. 
Diving was easy and full of smaller fish, and some larger species.  The
coral and fish life seems diminished from my first dives here 13 years ago,
but maybe I've just been to better sites since then.  We carried the full
capacity of 20 divers and it did not seem crowded.  Unlimited wine, beer
and cocktails.  DVDs for viewing in the evening, though most hit the rack
shortly after dinner to prepare for the next day's first dive at 7:30 am.  
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