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

Turks & Caicos Explorer II, Oct, 2005,

by Clem Clapp, AL, US (Contributor Contributor 13 reports). Report 2728.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, noCurrents
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments A bit of a delay getting on board. Had to find a taxi to take me to the pier, then a 15 minute wait on tender for delivery to boat in harbor. Boat was not at pier due to shallow water.
Explorer was an 10 cabin, 120ft. footer. Clean. Comfortable dive deck. Adequate public area. Very good and varied food. Only 8 passengers that trip and they gave me a free upgrade from the inexpensive lower level cabin to a very nice double. Insuite bath. Good ac.
Accomodating staff. Friendly captain who invited guests to visit helm. Had tours of engine area with an engineer. Treated divers like adults. Had extra engineers on board for training and trouble shooting some problems, one of which was the nitrox compressor which they finally had working after a couple of days.
Mixture of wall and shallow diving. Got in around 24 dives for the week. A nice touch was the warm blankets and hot chocolate with Baileys after the night dives.
Lots of sharks on a number of dives. We were told that they would get close due to previous but now banned feedings. The sharks were not overly afraid of divers and at one time I hard to literally beat on a 5 footer with my fins and camera to make him go away.
Pretty good diving, however, experienced divers may want a little more variety by week's end.
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