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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II in
Turks and Caicos

Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II, Jan, 2014,

by Dean K Knudson, MN, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 7501.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozumel, Bonaire, St. Kitts, Saba, Florida, Bahamas, upper midwest
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather dry Seas calm, currents, no currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile ?
Enforced diving restrictions Come up within 60 minutes, with 500 PSI
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Very nice camera table, large and stable rinse tank ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 1 stars
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Comments I really wanted to like the boat, at lot, and I like it...but...there are drawbacks to this trip. The walls in Turks and Caicos are big. Really big, but that's all there is, really. The walls all look the same, and, as a result, the boat didn't move much from site to site, it didn't need to. The Aggressor and the Explorer II liveaboards both go to the same four or five dive sites, and the skippers simply switch mooring buoys at lunchtime. Both boats reportedly give good service, and I'd simply pick the cheapest, were I to return, which I probably will not. There are similar walls in the Bahamas, and those sites have shallow reefs to explore at the end of the dives. There is VERY LITTLE shallow real estate in the Turks and Caicos. The dives start at 55 feet, most days, and, as a result, Nitrox or no Nitrox, most divers are back on the boat within 40 minutes, as a result of lack of air or non-deco time available. As a result th ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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