Turks and Caicos Explorer II (Explorer Ventures)

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Destination: Turks & Caicos

Itinerary: Provo, West Caicos, French Cay - Turks & Caicos (7 nights) | From $371++/night

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Turks & Caicos Explorer II Quick Pitch

The Turks and Caicos Explorer II is a spacious 124-foot luxury vessel operated by Explorer Ventures, designed specifically for liveaboard diving. Expect spacious and comfortable accommodations, high standards of diving and amazing all-year round dives in the warm Caribbean waters of Turks & Caicos!

 

Why You'll Like Turks and Caicos Explorer II  

  • Custom-built for diving
  • 10 cabins for up to 20 divers
  • Up to 5 dives daily & 5 1/2 days of diving each week 
  • Suitable for all skill levels
  • Photography facilities
 

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Dive Overview

A Mecca for divers from all over the world, the Turks & Caicos Islands are known for their expansive underwater visibility, high-voltage wall dives, and the profusion of marine life of all sizes located within their boundaries. Discover 5 different black coral species, reef sharks, deep-water gorgonians, spotted eagle rays and more in the warm Caribbean waters of Turks & Caicos!

[See: Turks & Caicos Dive Travel Guide]

 

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Accommodations

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Turks and Caicos Explorer II Liveaboard Accommodation Details

Turks and Caicos II offers 10 cabins for up to 20 passengers: 2 VIP Staterooms on the Boat Deck and 8 Staterooms spread across the Main Deck and Lower Deck.

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VIP Stateroom (LEFT) and Main Deck Twin Stateroom (RIGHT)  

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Turks and Caicos Explorer II Cabin Details

  • VIP STATEROOMS 1 & 2 (BOAT DECK):
  • The VIP staterooms 1 & 2 feature individually-controlled air conditioning systems, as well as a queen-sized bed, desk, chair, and private bathroom and shower. Forward of them is the expansive pilothouse, with access to the Captain's Stateroom.
  • STATEROOMS 3 & 4 (MAIN DECK):
  • Staterooms 3 & 4 on the main deck each have twin beds, desk with chair, hanging closet, wardrobe, storage, individually-controlled air conditioning, and private bathroom and shower
  • STATEROOMS 5-7 (MAIN DECK):
  • Staterooms 5-7 on the main deck each have twin/queen beds, desk with chair, hanging closet, wardrobe, storage, individually-controlled air conditioning, and private bathroom and shower.
  • STATEROOMS 8-10 (LOWER DECK):
  • Staterooms 8-10 are accessed via a circular staircase from the main salon; each includes twin upper/lower beds, wardrobe, hanging closet, individually-controlled air conditioning, and private bathroom and shower.

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General Facilities

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Turks and Caicos Explorer II Liveaboard Boat Features

  • Air-conditioned main saloon
  • Entertainment center with TV/DVD & stereo
  • All-inclusive meals freshly cooked onboard
  • Sundeck with ample lounge chairs
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Satellite phone (extra charge)
 

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Turks and Caicos Explorer II Liveaboard Deck Plan

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Turks and Caicos Explorer II Liveaboard Dive Facilities

  • Nitrox
  • Individual gear bins & wetsuit hanging area
  • Rinse tanks
  • Camera table & recharging facilities 
  • Ramp-style stair access to the swim platform
  • Freshwater showers & bathroom
  • Dive equipment rental (must be pre-booked)
  • Dive courses (must be pre-booked) 
 

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Schedule, Rates & Availability

Turks and Caicos Explorer II Schedule & Rates

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Prices are in USD, per person and do not include port/hotel tax and fuel surcharge.

[See also: Inclusions & Exclusions]

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Inclusions

  • 7 nights/8 days aboard the vessel & up to 5 dives daily
  • 3 meals daily, except Friday’s evening meal &
  • Between-dive snacks
  • Towels, linens, etc
  • Tanks, weights & weight belts
  • Air fills
  • Alcoholic & non-alcoholic beverages

 

Exclusions

  • Mandatory: Port/hotel tax of $95 and fuel surcharge payable on board
  • Transfers
  • Crew gratuities (10%-15% recommended)
  • Friday evening meal
  • Travel & Dive Insurance (recommended) 

 

RATES & AVAILABILITY

For more information on other departure dates, rates, and on availability email us at info@bluewaterdivetravel.com or call us at +1-310-915-6677 and we will gladly help you plan your dream dive vacation!

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Dive Information & Itineraries

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Itinerary Overview

itineraries run from Saturday to Saturday, and depart from and return to the Caicos Marina and Shipyard, Providenciales (Provo). Special Grand Turks itineraries (diving Grand Turk, South Caicos, French Cay and/or Salt Cay) are also offered on a full charter basis; contact us for details.

 

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Sample Itinerary

Days aboard Turks & Caicos Explorer II generally involve breakfast from 7 am to 8 am (cold breakfasts are available for late risers), followed by two morning dives, lunch at 12:30 pm, two afternoon dives, dinner at 6:30 pm, and a night dive. Island shore excursions will be arranged when possible for those interested. Please note also that this itinerary is an example only, and will change depending on weather and logistics at the Captain's discretion.

  • Saturday: Due to tides, weather, the vessel's size, and available facilities in Providenciales, the location and departure schedule of the vessel may change.
  • 15:00 Guests may begin to board the Turks & Caicos Explorer II. The vessel will normally be located at Caicos Marina but may depart early due to tides or weather. If you are staying on the island, please check in with the vessel on Saturday morning to determine when and where to meet the boat. If you are arriving on Saturday, you will be met at the airport.
  • 18:30 Dinner (snacks or dinner available for those arriving on later flights)
  • 20:00 Captain's Briefing, documents, etc.
  • Sunday: Provo's Northwest Point. Four to five dives, with night spent at mooring.
  • Monday: Two morning dives at Northwest Point, followed by 2-hour trip to West Caicos. Three dives, with night spent at mooring.
  • Tuesday: Up to five dives at West Caicos, with night spent at mooring.
  • Wednesday: Two dives at West Caicos, transit to French Cay, three dives at French Cay, with night spent at mooring.
  • Thursday: Five dives at French Cay, with night spent at mooring.
  • Friday: Dawn dive and morning dive at French Cay, with departure for the 2-hour trip back to port. Afternoon at leisure; dinner ashore, with night spent aboard vessel.
  • Saturday:
  • 07:00/08:30 Continental breakfast
  • 09:00 Depart the Turks & Caicos Explorer II. Should you be leaving on an afternoon flight, you may leave your luggage aboard for pickup later. However, cabs are very expensive and it can be costly to return to the vessel.
 

[See: Turks & Caicos Dive Travel Guide]  

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Boat Specifications

  • Registry: Turks & Caicos
  • Boatmaker: Swiftships, 1975/1995
  • Recommissioned: 2005 
  • Construction Material: All aluminum
  • Length: 124 ft
  • Beam 22 ft
  • Draft: 8.0 ft maximum
  • Displacement: 99 tons
  • Maximum Speed: 14 knots
  • Maximum Range: 1500 nautical miles
  • Engines: 2 John Deere 6135AFM75 main engines, 500 HP each
  • Generators: 1 John Deere Diesel producing 110 V AC/220 V AC, 100 KW capacity; 1 GM 671 Diesel producing 110 V AC/220 V AC, 75 KW capacity
  • Fuel Capacity: 5,600 gallons
  • Freshwater Supply: 2 Reverse Osmosis watermakers, 5,000 gallons per day total, 4,500-gallon storage
  • Air Systems: 2 Bauer K-14 9 cfm compressors, electric, with cascade-type storage banks, located in lazarette
  • Max Guests: 20
  • Number of cabins: 10
  • Number of crews: 10

 

Practical Information

  • Payment Onboard: Credit cards or cash
  • Currency: U.S. Dollar
  • Power Outlets: 220 V & 110 V AC power (110 V AC 3-prong grounded outlets are available in all cabins and heads)
 

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Reviews (3)

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I have been on two trips with the Explorer II. One, a dive trip to Turks and Caicos. We arrived the day after Hurricane Sandy had barreled through but the crew did an amazing job of finding good dive sites and providing a load of fun...the underwater jack-o-lantern carving contest was excellent! Even though the conditions were not the norm, the crew made our trip memorable. The second trip was a humpback whale trip in the Dominican Republic last March. The crew was again amazing with food that made us all gain weight. Going again in February of this year for another humpback trip so obviously I like the boat and crew. Highly recommend this trip!

Visited on 03/2015 - Submitted on 11/10/2015
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Great fun! I was on the boat in spring 2013. The room were very comfortable, a little small with bunk style but plenty for me(single traveler that trip). Plenty of warm water. The crew was great and made sure we were safe but not overbearing.
After the night dives they poured warm water over your neck which felt awesome since after 4-5 dives in a day I was getting a little cold. Plenty to eat, buffet style, good food. Snacks almost always available. The diving was fun, plenty of gray reef sharks who just want to hang with the divers. No one was bothered by them. Nice variety of small and large fish with healthy coral and invertebrates. Would definitely repeat this trip. i'll pack warmer clothes next time, long sleeve t-shirt or two, fleece.

Visited on 02/2015 - Submitted on 02/19/2015
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Five dives a day in crystal clear water with expansive walls and abundant aquatic life. What could be better? All the tropical fish, lobster, eels you typically see on the reef, but with the occasional visitor cruising the deep blue along the wall. Reef Sharks, Eagle Rays, Hawksbill Turtles and the right time or year even whales. Awesome diving.

The Turks and Caicos boat is an excellent diving platform! Your gear is set up in a permanent station with a equipment locker under the seat. Giant stride off the dive deck into the tropical waters. You return via the swim platform with two hot showers! Rinse your wet suit or skin in disinfectant and hang it on the drying rack. Warm air from the compressors exhausts through the drying rack. On your next dive you have a warm dry wetsuit!!

The accommodations are excellent. The main deck staterooms have two standard beds, 2 night stands, closet, and a bath with shower. Very comfortable accommodations, especially for the brief time you are there. There is an air conditioned carpeted lounge and dining area, sun-deck with lounges, and a covered top deck with panoramic views! The food is very good and the crew will make every effort to accommodate special diets. The crew was excellent, personable, and there to assist at any moment. What could be better than returning from a night dive to be greeted with a hot towel and a hot chocolate with Bailey's??

Visited on 04/2014 - Submitted on 06/17/2014

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