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Dive Review of Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II in
Turks and Caicos/West Caicos&French Cay

Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II: "Turks&Caicos Venture Explorer II", Jul, 2016,

by Phil Hampton, FL, US (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 8984 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments [None]
Websites Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Bonaire, Cozumel, Many trips thruout the Carribean. Total of over 25 live-aboard ships
Closest Airport provo Getting There Jet Blue

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82-°F / 28-°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-70 Ft/ 15-21 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Max depth on Nitrox 110 ft.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments This was my third trip on this ship. Priors in 2006 and 2009. The ship is in better condition than 2009 with new engines. The author of the article in the last issue was overly severe in the assessment of the reefs, at least in the areas we dove. All our dives were on West Caicos and French Cay. We did no dives along the northeast side of Provo. There was algae, but it was minor compared to Eluethra, Bahamas. The author did a good job in defining the ship swing about the mooring.
The thing that had changed the most from 2009 was a reduction in small reef fish and VERY few Lion fish! I only saw less than 10 all trip, and most of those were large. In 2009 there were multitudes of lion fish on every dive. Our Chef was Jim McCullough who provided us with excellent meals and artistic tasty deserts. He handled all our many dietary restrictions with no problems. Jim was a fill in for Stan the regular cook. We were delighted to have Jim as we had experienced his cusine on the AquaCat. Great trip, Capt Jean-Francois Chabot and his crew took great care of us and gave us wonderful dive experiences.
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