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Dive Review of Turks and Caicos Explorer II in
Turks and Caicos/Provo/ West Caicos

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Howison, Oh, USA (3 reports)
Report Number 3780

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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cocos Island, Australia, PNG, Costa Rica, Fiji, Bahamas, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
windy, rainy, cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
73   to 76    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
54
Water Visibility
60   to 85    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco diving, 110ft. for Nitrox, 130 for air, 70 minute time limit.  
Liveaboard?
yes 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
Lots 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
Table for cameras was not respected.  Often other stuff was put there even
by crew.  No compressed air for drying, limited electrical outlets, very
exposed to elements.

Those w/ high $ outfits would be displeased
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
The boat was comfortable, the food good, the crew above average, but not
great.

Most of the 15 divers were experienced so the dive "guides"
mostly ignored us on the dives, even when more attention would have been
helpful.

The boat had the odd characteristic of swinging wildly around the mooring
pin.  It would sweep an arc of at least 180 degrees.  When you jumped in
the water, the boat would disappear for at least 8-10 minutes.  It would
reappear, traveling at a good pace and then go past in the other direction.
 This can be disconcerting until you get used to it.  If you grab the down
line for a safety stop, you hang on and travel with the boat.  The problem
is that if someone else grabs on the line, you both get jerked toward the
surface 6-8 ft. instantly.  Your best bet is to do your safety stop in the
blue and wait for the boat.  You have to intercept its' arc, you can't
catch it.  I would not recommend this boat to beginners.

The weather convinced the Captain not to leave the immediate area of West
Caicos, so we repeated several dive sites.  I wasn't convinced that this
wasn't more due to the price of fuel than to the weather even though we
each paid an $85.00 fuel charge.

I probably won't repeat this trip even though the mature marine seemed
plentiful and healthy.

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