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

Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II, Dec, 2013,

by Harry ONeil, VA, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 7462.

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

Accommodations 4 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 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Great boat and crew. This was my first trip back to the Caribbean in about 5 years. After diving most places in the Pacific, this trip was a real letdown. But I kind of expected that. Not much for critters, average number of reef fish, some reef and nurse sharks and a few eagle rays in the distance.

This was a warm-up trip to test some new camera gear for a trip to Indonesia in Feb. 2014 and that I accomplished. I got a great deal on the trip, 50% off, so I decided to go once more.

The food was exceptional. The chef, Stan, has been a fixture on EV boats for years and does not disappoint.

In summary, this is a fine diveop as are all the EV boats that I have been on. The crew went out of their way to accommodate us in every way. If you're new to diving or liveaboards, this is a great way to start.

Websites Explorer Ventures -- T&C Explorer II   

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Worldwide.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, surge
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 502-75 Ft/ 153-23 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions They asked that you be back on board within 60 minutes, but this was loosely enforced. I have a Solo cert. and was permitted to dive alone at any time.
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 1 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Large, dedicated camera table just aft of dive deck. Very large, dedicated camera rinse tank. Water was changed daily. Crew handled camera rigs exceptionally well.
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By Joan Fuhry in CA, US at Dec 23, 2013 19:10 EST  
I was on this trip with Harry and I agree with everything he said, except that I will also mention that in many places, the reef was in very poor condition with a lot of dead corals and sponges.
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