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

Turks & Cacos Explorer II, Sep, 2006,

by Gerald Canning, Florida, USA . Report 2806.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Hawaii, Monterey Calfiornia, Cozumel, Little Cayman, Grand Cayman, the Windward and Leeward Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Remaining tank pressure and depth were collected from every dive. The only restriction was not to exceed 110 diving 32% NOx.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat had the largest camera tank I have ever seen. The boat also had a dedicated camera table and 110 volt outlets -- not only on the camera deck, but also in every room so that recharging batteries was never a problem.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Much of the diving was on pristine walls. The top of the walls were generally at 40-50' with the walls extending down several thousand feet. We saw reef sharks, nurse sharks, hawksbill turtles, spotted eagle rays and southern rays as well as the usual caribbean reef fish. The plate corals and sponges were in excellent shape. Jenn was very good at finding new stuff we had never seen such as bumble bee shrimp and squat anenomie shrimp. The diving was as close to effortless as it could be. You set up your tank once and then it is refilled between dives with a whip. You have a station for your tank with storage underneath for all your stuff. Even with 19 of 20 possible divers on board, the boat and dive deck had a very roomy feel. After night dives, you were met with warm water poured down your back after you took off the tank. Then you could take a hot shower on the dive deck, followed by a warm towel and hot chocolate. JF, the captain, found us great dive sites. He also acted as the engineer to fix any mechanical problems. The rest of the crew, let by purser Jenn, provided all the service I could have ever wanted. We took almost four hours of video during our 27 dives and we have some great stuff. This was our third trip with Explorer Ventures and I would go with them again in a heartbeat.
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