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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures/Turks & Caicos Explorer II in
Turks and Caicos

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Marlene Dowell, MD, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4402
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Solomon Islands, Keys, Red Sea, N. Carolina
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 ft, air
110 ft Nitrox  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large area to set cameras on, separate large rinse tank for cameras. 
Cameras carefully handed down to you after entering and taken from you when
coming out.  Lighting in rooms adequate for camera maintenance work.
No camera rental equipment - had been flooded by others.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 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   
4 stars    
Well run operation.  All divers checked in and out of water, time and final
air readings noted.  Nitrox available for a fee.  We started out on air,
but most of the dives start at about 60 feet, so as the week went on and
our nitrogen built up we switched over to Nitrox.
Rooms were relatively spacious, with private bath.  Showers small, but
showers were also available on the dive deck for after dive rinsing. 
Shampoo and soap provided.  Plenty of towels available, no limit on fresh
water usage.
Food was very good and familiar to Americans.  Accomodations were made for
several vegetarians on our trip.  Snacks provided after each dive (5 dives
a day available.)  Free beer and wine.
 Weather was great, seas calm, viz pretty good.  Saw sharks on many dives
and rays, turtles, octopus on several.  One dive site in particular was
good for small stuff which Captain JF excelled at finding. 
Usually 2 dives at each site, which we liked.  If there was something
special you didn't see the first dive (the batfish) you could usually catch
it the second dive.  Or, if you skipped a dive, you knew you had at least
one dive at that site.  There was usually enough to see that you didn't
have to go to the same area both dives if you didn't want to.
The hardest part of the dive was getting to the boat at the end.  The boat
swings widely on its mooring so it covers a lot of territory.  You might
see it and it would be swinging away from you so you couldn't catch up to
it and would have to wait for it to return.  This became less of an issue
as you got used to how this worked and learned to just wait for the boat to
come back.  If you come up too far from the boat someone would come get you
in the tender.
Our trip was the week before hurricanes Hanna and Ike hit the T & C. so
cannot speak to what shape things are in now.
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