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

Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II: "Good Trip on the Turks & Caicos Explorer II", Dec, 2017,

by Terence Taylor, ME, US (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 10094 has 2 Helpful votes.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments It was a good week, with fairly calm waters. Only six divers were aboard, which made the trip very comfortable.

We have been on this trip in the past. The boat is in good condition and the crew was very helpful and accommodating. Food was very well prepared, but typically only one entree, one side, etc. You could request a different meal with the cook beforehand.

The diving was very good, most of it being wall dives off the north end, West Caicos and French Cay. Very good marine life and surprisingly good coral (considering the hurricanes). The exception was French Cay, were the majority of the coral had been destroyed, but ironically, huge amounts of fish and sharks. Sharks were present, usually 5-10, on every dive. They were not shy about swimming through the group.

The dive masters were very good. Jo, the lead dive master, was exceptional. I have been with her on a dive trip before, and she did not disappoint. She pointed out many macro and small subjects I would have missed. Dozens of decorator crabs, skeleton crabs, nudis, headslugs, crabs of all kinds. I enjoy macro, so this was my kind of situation.

One of the most interesting dives was a night dive at French Cay, which is a nursery for Nurse Sharks. It was only Jo and I, and when I shined my light down on the reef it was swarming with two to three dozen nurse sharks, with Caribbean Reef Sharks circling at the edges, This continued for 45 minutes unabated.
Websites Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Cozmel, Riviera Maya, Curacao, Bonaire, Bahamas, Cayman Brac, Key Largo, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, Pulau, Galapagos, Belize, St. Kitt, Saba
Closest Airport Provo Getting There Flight out of Atlanta. Flights were cancelled coming home because of the power outage in Atlanta, so it took a little over two days to get home. Not the airlines fault.

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, rainy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 40-80 Ft/ 12-24 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time Limits strictly enforced, depths were not. Note that were were all experienced divers.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments A nice wide platform for cameras with a shelf below, compressed air, dedicated large camera basin. When entering, the dive team would get your camera, bring it down the steps, and hand it to you after jumping in. It was reversed at the end of the dive. The crew was very careful and respectful of all the camera equipment, large and small.
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