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Dive Review of Turks and Caicos Explorer II in
Turks and Caicos/Provo/ West Caicos

Turks and Caicos Explorer II, Dec, 2007,

by Jack Howison, Oh, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 3780.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Cocos Island, Australia, PNG, Costa Rica, Fiji, Bahamas, Florida
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather windy, rainy, cloudy Seas choppy
Water Temp 73 to 76 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 54
Water Visibility 60 to 85 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions No deco diving, 110ft. for Nitrox, 130 for air, 70 minute time limit.
Liveaboard? yes Nitrox Available? N/A

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 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments Table for cameras was not respected. Often other stuff was put there even by crew. No compressed air for drying, limited electrical outlets, very exposed to elements.

Those w/ high $ outfits would be displeased

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 2 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The boat was comfortable, the food good, the crew above average, but not great.

Most of the 15 divers were experienced so the dive "guides" mostly ignored us on the dives, even when more attention would have been helpful.

The boat had the odd characteristic of swinging wildly around the mooring pin. It would sweep an arc of at least 180 degrees. When you jumped in the water, the boat would disappear for at least 8-10 minutes. It would reappear, traveling at a good pace and then go past in the other direction. This can be disconcerting until you get used to it. If you grab the down line for a safety stop, you hang on and travel with the boat. The problem is that if someone else grabs on the line, you both get jerked toward the surface 6-8 ft. instantly. Your best bet is to do your safety stop in the blue and wait for the boat. You have to intercept its' arc, you can't catch it. I would not recommend this boat to beginners.

The weather convinced the Captain not to leave the immediate area of West Caicos, so we repeated several dive sites. I wasn't convinced that this wasn't more due to the price of fuel than to the weather even though we each paid an $85.00 fuel charge.

I probably won't repeat this trip even though the mature marine seemed plentiful and healthy.

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