TURKS & CAICOS EXPLORER II

Turks & Caicos Explorer II

575 miles southeast of Miami is the island of Provo, where the Turks and Caicos Explorer II makes her home. Surrounded by turquoise waters containing over 1,000 square miles of coral reef these islands are one of the Caribbean’s top diving destinations. Known for their expansive underwater visibility, wall dives, and have marine life of all sizes. Reliable ocean currents contribute to the remarkable visibility, as well as provide nutrients for the many large pelagics common in these waters.

Caribbean reef sharks are common, be on the lookout for the biggest spotted eagle rays that you’ll ever see, plus all the jacks, grouper, and turtles. Hammerheads and blacktips are spotted regularly, and the occasional manta rays and dolphins can surprise you. Famous for its spectacular walls filled with huge gorgonians, barrel sponges, hard-coral arches and macro life, the Turks & Caicos Islands have something for everyone.

Though many of the dive sites are outside the boundaries of the Princess Alexandra National Park, which provides strict protection for much of the marine life surrounding Provo, all of the dive operators in the area enthusiastically support marine conservation and preservation measures which ensure that the waters of the Turks & Caicos remain pristine for future visitors

Trips are run from Saturday to Saturday. You'll board the vessel in Providenciales Saturday afternoon and have the next 5 1/2 days filled with diving the beautiful waters around the island. You can explore the 5 different black coral species at Black Coral Forest, the reef sharks of Provo's Shark Hotel, the deep-water gorgonians of G-Spot, and the spotted eagle rays of Double D, along with plenty of other dive sites along the region's plunging walls.

 

Days aboard Turks & Caicos Explorer II generally involve breakfast from 7 am to 8 am, followed by two morning dives, lunch at 12:30 pm, two afternoon dives, dinner at 6:30 pm, followed by a night dive. Island shore excursions can be arranged when possible for anyone interested.

 

Special itineraries to dive Grand Turk, South Caicos, French Cay and/or Salt Cay can be arranged on a full charter basis; contact us for details.

 

The vessel departs Saturdays from either St. Maarten or St. Kitts. Itineraries include 5 1/2 days of diving; 2 to 3 days within the Saba Marine Park, and 2 to 3 days at St. Kitts and Nevis. 5 dives daily are normally offered, including night dives. The schedule also provides for up to 3 island tours during the week. There is ample time for our guests to explore forts, rainforests, duty-free shops, and museums.

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Name: Turks & Caicos Explorer II
Registry: Vanuatu
Boatmaker: Swiftships, 1975/1995
Recommissioned: 2005
Construction: All aluminum
L.O.A.: 124 ft,
L.W.L.: 115 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 gallon 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
Nitrox System: Nitrox Technologies membrane system, producing 32% nitrox, located in lazarette
Electricity: 220 V and 110 V AC power (110 V AC 3 prong grounded outlets in all cabins and heads)
On the Bridge: 48-mile Simrad radar with proximity alarms, Autopilot, Global Positioning System (GPS) with location alarm, Digital Depth sounder with alarm, Digital bottom recorder, computerized chart system with GPS link, Satellite phone with data link, Cellular telephone, SSB Radiotelephone, and VHF radios, Engine and bilge alarms, Internal telephone system
Heads: 6 lower deck, 1 dive deck, 5 main deck, 3 boat deck
Accommodations: 20 passengers in 10 staterooms, all w/private ensuite bathrooms and showers. Up to 10 staff in crews' quarters.
Safety Equipment: Life rafts (2), life rings/strobes, life vests/strobes, emergency position locator, flares, oxygen and first aid equipment
Other Equipment: Full service all electric galley and refrigeration, Scotsman Ice Flakers (2), Boatwide stereo audio system, recharging station for strobes, batteries, etc.
Tenders: Rigid hull inflatables, used for passenger transport and diver pickup.

What are the average dive conditions?

Turks & Caicos has fairly consistent weather year-round. Air temperature ranges from the 70s and up in the winter months to the low 90s in summer. Water temperatures are a little cooler than the Caribbean average with a low of about 72F in winter to a high of about 82F in summer. Current is not normally an issue at the dive sites, and visibility can be between 75 and 150 feet. A 3mm wetsuit will be sufficient in summer and a 5 mm wetsuit with hooded vest for winter.

What is the dive schedule like?

Most of your dives will be offered at scheduled times, up to 5 times daily. This is to allow adequate surface intervals, provides the option for guided dives on as many sites as possible and allows the vessel to travel on a schedule to different locations.

What should I pack?

Shorts, t-shirts, and swimsuits! No need for bulky sweaters or jeans on this boat. Consider a pair of slacks or a sundress for an evening out in St. Maarten or St. Kitts.  Soft luggage is preferred as it takes up less space to store. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat is recommended. If you are susceptible to getting seasick come prepared with motion sickness medications or patches. If you can, pack your regulator, dive computer, mask, a swimsuit, change of clothes and toiletries in your carry-on bag just in case there are any unforeseen luggage delays. 

What will I eat?

Dinner usually consists of fresh vegetables, rice, pasta, chicken, beef, turkey, pork, and fish. Breakfast includes eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, muffins, danish and fresh fruits. Lunches rotate between soup and sandwiches, burgers, pasta, assorted salads, and quiche. Fresh baked bread, cookies, and brownies are offered between dives. If you have any dietary restrictions or requests, please let us know at the time of booking. While the boat does their best to accommodate your requests, please remember many items we have back home are not available in the Islands and consider bringing some of your own foods if the lack thereof may constitute a health risk.

Are there any additional charges?

All meals (except Friday's dinner), beverages, transportation between islands, and much more has been taken care of with your trip payment, there are some extra items which you may charge to your onboard bill. These include:

  • Hotel Tax - US$95 per person
  • Departure tax
  • Fuel Surcharge: US$80 per person
  • Crew gratuities
  • Incoming and outgoing telephone calls
  • Photographic and/or scuba instruction
  • Nitrox
  • Optional island tours
  • Dive gear rentals 
  • Retail sales

Your bill may be paid at the end of the trip using all major credit cards or cash. Personal or traveler's checks are not accepted onboard. These are the rates as of writing and are subject to change. 

Are crew gratuities included?

Crew gratuities are not included in your package. The crew works very hard, providing the best possible service for you and the other guests. The industry standard for crew gratuities on dive trips (if, of course, you are happy with the service which you have received) is between 10% and 15% of the package price per passenger. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated

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FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Turks & Caicos has fairly consistent weather year-round. Air temperature ranges from the 70s and up in the winter months to the low 90s in summer. Water temperatures are a little cooler than the Caribbean average with a low of about 72F in winter to a high of about 82F in summer. Current is not normally an issue at the dive sites, and visibility can be between 75 and 150 feet. A 3mm wetsuit will be sufficient in summer and a 5 mm wetsuit with hooded vest for winter.

Most of your dives will be offered at scheduled times, up to 5 times daily. This is to allow adequate surface intervals, provides the option for guided dives on as many sites as possible and allows the vessel to travel on a schedule to different locations.

Shorts, t-shirts, and swimsuits! No need for bulky sweaters or jeans on this boat. Consider a pair of slacks or a sundress for an evening out in St. Maarten or St. Kitts.  Soft luggage is preferred as it takes up less space to store. Sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat is recommended. If you are susceptible to getting seasick come prepared with motion sickness medications or patches. If you can, pack your regulator, dive computer, mask, a swimsuit, change of clothes and toiletries in your carry-on bag just in case there are any unforeseen luggage delays. 

Dinner usually consists of fresh vegetables, rice, pasta, chicken, beef, turkey, pork, and fish. Breakfast includes eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, muffins, danish and fresh fruits. Lunches rotate between soup and sandwiches, burgers, pasta, assorted salads, and quiche. Fresh baked bread, cookies, and brownies are offered between dives. If you have any dietary restrictions or requests, please let us know at the time of booking. While the boat does their best to accommodate your requests, please remember many items we have back home are not available in the Islands and consider bringing some of your own foods if the lack thereof may constitute a health risk.

All meals (except Friday’s dinner), beverages, transportation between islands, and much more has been taken care of with your trip payment, there are some extra items which you may charge to your onboard bill. These include:

  • Hotel Tax – US$95 per person
  • Departure tax
  • Fuel Surcharge: US$80 per person
  • Crew gratuities
  • Incoming and outgoing telephone calls
  • Photographic and/or scuba instruction
  • Nitrox
  • Optional island tours
  • Dive gear rentals 
  • Retail sales

Your bill may be paid at the end of the trip using all major credit cards or cash. Personal or traveler’s checks are not accepted onboard. These are the rates as of writing and are subject to change. 

Crew gratuities are not included in your package. The crew works very hard, providing the best possible service for you and the other guests. The industry standard for crew gratuities on dive trips (if, of course, you are happy with the service which you have received) is between 10% and 15% of the package price per passenger. Your generosity will be greatly appreciated

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