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Dive Review of Turks @ Caicos Explorer ll in
Turks and Caicos

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Donald Hoft, MA, USA
Report Number 1769
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Pacific, Middle East, Indian Ocean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Few restrictions on assessing divers. 500 lbs on return.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Everything one needed was available on boat. Most forms of photography were
used. Boat crew had excellent skills and contributed greatly to efforts of
divers. They did one of the best videos I've seen and did an excellent
stills CD. You come home with an abundance of photos
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
   This was my second trip on a Caicos live-aboard, also did Grand Turk
when there was a boat there. The Caribbean Explorer ll is an excellent new
boat, well maintained and very comfortable. We were lucky to have generally
good weather  and the Captain, JF, took maximum advantage. We did West
Caicos, French Key and was able to get to West Sand Spit for many dives.
French Key/West Spit are not always accessable, being remote and
unprotected. We did a few "no name" exploritory live boat dives
at Sand Spit.   This was an excellent trip, the diving, the crew, the boat,
food, and the guests all were a huge PLUS.
   Corals, sponges, fish life, were all healthy and in abundance; octopus,
sharks, eagle rays, morays and lots of "macro" life on many
dives. I did the Solo Diving Certification on this trip-it didn't get in
the way of overall diving schedule at all. 
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