The incomparable Turks & Caicos Explorer II was designed from the ground up as a liveaboard dive vessel in 1995 and was purchased by Explorer Ventures and put into operation in the Turks & Caicos Islands in February 2005. Equipped with Naiad stabilizers and a heavy keel, she serves as well in the Turks & Caicos as she does for longer, open-water excursions to the Silver Bank, 80 miles off the coast of the Dominican Republic. The luxury vessel carries up to 20 passengers and 8 crew.
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The Turks & Caicos Explorer II comfortably accommodates 20 passengers in 10 double staterooms, each of which has private bathroom facilities, individually-controlled air conditioning, hanging closet and wardrobes. All staterooms throughout the vessel have portlights or windows, and individually-controlled air-conditioning. There are two VIP Suites onboard the vessel which are located on the upper boat deck. Both feature queen-sized beds, a desk, chair, TV’s and a private bathroom with showers. Staterooms 3 & 4 on the main deck each have twin beds, desk with chair, hanging closet, wardrobe, storage, and a private bathroom and shower. Staterooms 5-7 on the main deck each have twin/queen beds, desk with chair, hanging closet, wardrobe, storage, and private bathroom and shower. Staterooms 8-10 are located on the lower deck and accessed via a circular staircase from the main salon. Each includes twin upper/lower bunk beds, wardrobe, hanging closet, and a private bathroom and shower.
Aboard the Turks & Caicos Explorer II, evening meals usually consist of lots of fresh vegetables, rice, pasta, chicken, beef, turkey, pork, and fish. Breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, muffins, danishes and fresh fruits. Lunches vary from soup and sandwiches, burgers, pasta, assorted salads, and quiche. Homemade baked breads, cookies and brownies are offered between dives. Dietary restrictions or requests, can sometimes be accommodated if enough advance notice is provided. Please note that specific brands of drinks, dressings and foods are often unavailable in the islands, and that it can be very difficult for them to find low-fat, gluten free or soy products, fresh fruit, fish, and other items common elsewhere. While they will do their best to accommodate requests, please be realistic and consider bringing some of your own foods if the lack thereof may constitute a health risk.
A comfortable full-width salon, located forward of the spacious dive deck, provides seating for all guests at once, a wet bar, and an entertainment area with DVD and CD stereo. The boat deck, one level up, has ample room for sunning and relaxing; the flybridge includes a wet bar, and comfortable seating for up to 15. The two VIP staterooms located on the upper boat deck, as well as the two forward staterooms on the main deck, are equipped with TV/VCR.
Scheduling 5 dives daily, including night dives, the vessel boards in Providenciales each Saturday and offers 5 1/2 days of diving each week. The dive deck includes nitrox, individual gear bins, rinse tanks, camera table, recharging facilities, and ramp-style stair access to the swim platform for easy access into the water. You'll 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 a multitude of other dive sites along the region's plunging walls. 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. Low annual rainfall and 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, as are spotted eagle rays, jacks, grouper, and turtles. Also spotted on a frequent basis are blacktips, tiger sharks, hammerheads, and manta rays. Famous for its spectacular walls filled with huge gorgonian fans, barrell sponges, hard-coral arches and macro life, the Turks & Caicos Islands truly offer a dive experience for everyone. Sample Itinerary Silver Bank - Dominican Republic Itinerary