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

June, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by ken, on, canada
Contributor   (12 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 4888
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
belize, bonaire, curacao, bequia, dominica, cayman brac, provo, roatan,
saba, PNG, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Must use computer & buddy, 70 minute dive limit, max 5 dives per day,
130' on air, must have flag or sausage, tank marker light for night dives,
recorded max depth & remaining air for every dive (flags provided for
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
5 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Large dedicated camera rinse bucket, dedicated table, dedicated charging
area, staff very careful about handling camera
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
Our fifth trip on the boat. Great as usual. Only the second time we made it
out to french cay.
We had 18 out of a possible 20 divers. This made for a crowded entrance
sometimes as a large percentage tagged along with the dive guide. Most
divers had digital cameras, no SLR's.
Crew seemed to be 1 short and then they had an injury that took 1 crew
member out of action for the week. This did not affect the level of
customer service: although we got to see a lot of Jack and Dave as this
left only 2 dive masters available for dives. Both dive guides were very
interested in sea life and very knowledgeable about the dive sites. Someone
generally saw sharks on every dive and 3 hammer heads were seen during the
week. A flock of 3 spotted eagle rays made a fly by on G Spot at french
cay. Generally spotted a lion fish on every dive (which just seemed wrong).
There was always lots of macro life, but in general not a lot of larger
schools. We found both pipe horses as well as pipefish on a dive along with
an extremely small "turtle grass tube worm" that was about 5mm
long and 1mm wide. Very small. Very neat!  
You have to be careful about your depth as the top of the reef is generally
at 50'. This makes it hard to put in 70 minute dives without running out of
bottom time: we were on air and normally only did 4 of the 5 available
dives. Standard live aboard schedule of eat, dive, snack, dive, eat, dive,
snack, dive, eat, dive, repeat next day. 2 sites per day was the norm. 
We had a bunch of first time live aboard divers and they all enjoyed the
experience (although 1 diver got to use the dinghy of shame twice due to
the swing of the boat catching them in a surface current). The crew always
had diver enjoyment and safety at the top of their list.
Upon arrival, the boat was moored at the Caicos Marina at the south east
end of the island, far away from the local tourist mecca's. This was okay
as our taxi from the airport dropped us off at turtle cove to wait until
boarding time. The purser also arranged a day room in grace bay ($70 @
comfort suites) for us to relax in on our departure day as our flight was
late in the afternoon and we left the boat @ 8:30 saturday morning.
P.S. Always check the bottom of your tank! It is yours for the week and
there may be something entertaining (to others) written on the bottom of
it. Several guests did not understand why the rest of us were snickering at
them until they saw photos late in the week.
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