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

Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II: "Great Viz and Sharks on Every Dive", Jan, 2023,

by Rene Cote, VA, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 12329.

Photos Submitted with this Report

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Dive Deck Several nice schools of jacks and great viz
A couple of divers doing the superman thing

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 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 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments What a pleasant surprise to have really great viz in the Caribbean AND sharks on every dive.

The Yacht: This was my 2nd time on the Turks & Caicos Explorer II, the last time was in 2017. By sheer coincidence Captain Bob was the captain then and was the captain on this trip. He was easy going and has a good sense of humor. I found the entire crew to be very professional, accommodating, and helpful. The yacht is in generally good condition, my cabin was comfy and the hot water worked - the essentials for a week-long trip on a liveaboard. I did find the shower to be rather cramped, but it's a liveaboard. There was plenty of space to hang out, either in the dining/lounge room or on the upper decks outside. The meals were ok, but nothing to write home about; simple buffet lunches and dinners with basic offerings like soup, sandwiches, chicken, ribs etc; think "good cafeteria" food... though in one meal I wasn't sure if the mashed potatoes were supposed to be potato soup, as they were extremely runny.

CON: The one con of the yacht was the lack of charging stations. In one corner of the dining room was "THE" charging station, a bunch of plugs and p ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
Websites Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving FL, Morehead City NC, most of the Caribbean, Cenotes MX, La Paz, Socorro, Okinawa, Palau, Yap, French Polynesia, Komodo Islands, Bali, Maldives, Hawaii, Raja Ampat and Fiji
Closest Airport PLS Getting There Easy flights from Charlotte and Miama

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 81-84°F / 27-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 50-150 Ft/ 15-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 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 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments Lack of charging stations; good camera rinse tank; camera table has air hose ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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