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

Turks and Caicos Explorer II, Jun, 2005,

by MIchael Stanfield, Mo, usa . Report 1801.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Hondurous, Maui, Roatan, Porto Rico, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, others
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 81 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No decoompression dives, Nitrox limit of 110 feet, be on boat with 500 pounds air(this was not strickly enforced
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Boat had large table for camera and large rinse tank that accomodated everyones cameras without fear of any damage. Special towels were kept on camera table dedicated only for dryting cameras.

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 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We had room number 2 on the upper deck. The room was adequate but I felt it was over priced compared with the standard rooms. I would not pay the additional price for the delux room if I were booking another trip. The boat was clean and very well organized. There was adequate room and chairs on the sun deck for relaxing between dives. Deserts between dives met my high standards. The crew from the captain to cook to engineer were the best of any live aboard I have been on. They had the same enthusiasm on the last day of the trip as they started with on the first day. They honored all customer requests. For example if a diver asked to have their tank topped off it was done immediately. I have been on other boats where the crew would ask "how much is in the tank" and then wanted to dispute the accuracy of the customer's guages. The dive guides in the water were very accomodating to divers requests regarding "speed" of the dive. They let the divers go at there own speed verses an attidute of "follow me". There were a number of special fees and taxes when the final bill was figured. I am sure they were all disclosed in the fine print but I would have preferred to have been given one total price for the trip and not had add ons at time of final billing. I was slightly disappointed with overall condition of coral and fish life. I dive Bonaire at least four times a year so my expectations may be high. I have dove with the Carribean Explorer company of their other boats and will definitely do more trips with there organization.
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