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The Turks and Caicos Explorer II is a newly refurbished vessel equipped with Naiad stabilisers and a heavy keel so she serves well for the Turks and Caicos and longer, open water excursions through the southern Bahamas. She has 10 individually controlled airconditioned cabins which have port lights or windows and private ensuite bathrooms and can accommodate 20 guests. A comfortable full width salon provides ample seating. There is a wet bar and an entertainment area with DVD and CD stereo. There is a spacious deck for sunning and relaxing. The dive deck has a camera table, rechargeable facilities and a ramp style stair access to the swim platform.
TURKS & CAICOS EXPLORER 2 DECK PLAN
Registry: Turks & Caicos, 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: 238 tons, Maximum Speed: 14 knots, Maximum Range: 2500 nautical miles, Engines: 2 GM 12 V 71 diesel main engines, 450 hp. each
Generators: 1 GM 671 Diesel producing 110 V AC/220 V AC, 125 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 Accessories: Photo Equipment, Diving Equipment
The awning-covered flybridge is accessed via semicircular stairs from the boat deck, and features settee seating for 12 to 15, a barbeque, wet bar and helm station
The boat deck features a large sunning area with comfortable lounge chairs and chairs, and provides access via an outside walkway to the two VIP staterooms located amidships, as well as the pilothouse forward. Transit storage for the vessel's tenders is located at the stern. A serving area for buffet meals is located next to the semicircular staircase leading up to the flybridge.
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 located the expansive pilothouse, with access to the Captain's Stateroom.
The aft half of the main deck is where diving operations take place. The dive deck is equipped with individual gear lockers, camera table, recharging station, air and nitrox filling station, tank racks and separate freshwater rinse baths for dive equipment and cameras. It also has a wetsuit hanging area, freshwater showers, and a bathroom. Large stairways lead down to the dive platform itself, where two in-water ladders hang for easy access to and from the water. Forward of the dive deck is the air-conditioned main salon, where breakfasts and dinners are served. The salon also contains an entertainment center with TV/DVD and stereo, as well as a boutique display and access to all staterooms and the galley.
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 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.
The lower deck of the vessel includes the compressor and dive gear storage room aft, accessed from the dive platform through two watertight doors.
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. Also located on the lower deck is the communications room, and crew cabins.
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Days aboard Turks & Caicos Explorer II generally involve breakfast from 7 am to 7:45 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.
Please see the Arrival section under FAQ for information on how to reach the vessel. Due to tides, weather, the vessel's size and available facilities in Providenciales, the location and departure schedule of the vessel may change.
• 1500 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 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.
• 1830 Dinner (snacks or dinner available for those arriving on later flights)
• 2000 Captain's Briefing, documents, etc.
• Provo's Northwest Point. Four to five dives, with night spent at mooring.
• Two morning dives at Northwest Point, followed by 2-hour trip to West caicos. Three dives, with night spent at mooring.
• Up to five dives at West Caicos, with night spent at mooring.
• Two dives at West Caicos, transit to French Cay, three dives at French Cay, with night spent at mooring.
• Five dives at French Cay, with night spent at mooring.
• 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.
• 0700/0830 Continental breakfast
• 0900 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.
Due to the necessity of readying the vessel for our next cruise, we must strictly enforce the 9 am departure.
Special Grand Turk itineraries:
(Diving Grand Turk, South Caicos, French Cay and/or Salt Cay)
• Available for groups on full charter basis.
• Contact us for more details
• 7 nights/8 days aboard vessel
• 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
• up to 5 dives daily
• Use of tanks, weights and belts
• All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
Packages Do Not Include:
• Airfare or hotel costs
• Airport transfers
• Friday evening meal
• Rental gear, instruction and retail charges
• Crew gratuities
• Trip cancellation insurance
• Dive accident insurance
• Departure taxes
• Port/hotel taxes
• Fuel surcharge
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|DESTINATION||VIP Staterooms||Main Deck Staterooms:||Lower Deck Staterooms::||DATE|
|Turks & Caicos Islands||$2,695||$2,495||$2,295||2015|
|Turks & Caicos Islands||$2,795||$2,595||$2,395||2016|
Note: Please do not book any travel arrangements until you have received your booking confirmation from us.
Plus: port/hotel tax of $95 and fuel surcharge payable on board; transfers.
Package includes: 7 nights/8 days aboard the vessel; up to 5 dives daily (weather permitting);
3 meals daily, except Friday’s evening meal; between-dive snacks; towels, linens, etc.; use of tanks, weights and weight belts; all air fills; alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages.
Dominican Republic / Silver Bank - Turks & Caicos Explorer II
The Turks & Caicos Explorer II travels to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic each year from the end of January through mid-April, in order to conduct snorkeling excursions with the Humpback Whales on the Silver Bank. Aquatic Adventures charters and hosts these itineraries, which are not subject to our normal prices, booking terms or incentives. For further information on these specialty trips,CONTACT US
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TURKS & CAICOS DIVE SITES
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DIVE SITE INFORMATION
Located 575 miles southeast of Miami, the idyllic islands of the Turks & Caicos sit surrounded by turquoise waters containing over 1,000 square miles of living coral reef. 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. 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.
Though many of the dive sites visiting 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.
Grand Turk, South Caicos, French Cay & West Sand Spit Diving
The Turks & Caicos area is known for beautiful turquoise waters, some of the best walls in the world, remarkable visibility and waters that carry the needed nutrients for a variety of marine life including many large pelagics.
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, barrel sponges, hard-coral arches and macro life, the Turks & Caicos Islands truly offer a dive experience for everyone.
Grand Turk area
Grand Turk is one of the most peaceful islands in Turks and Caicos, with lovely white secluded beaches and healthy wall diving. The island is only 7 miles long and 1.5 miles wide and is the capital of the Turks and Caicos. The island is
reminiscent of Colonial Bermuda with many historical buildings. The Turks and Caicos National Museum is worth a visit and houses fascinating artifacts from the oldest known shipwreck in the New World, the Molasses Reef Wreck from 1513.
Located approximately 75 miles from the island of Providenciales (also known as Provo) Grand Turk benefits from being very close to the Grand Turk Passage which plunges to depths of more than 7,000 feet. A wall of coral runs parallel with the entire island and gradually slopes to amazing depths. While exploring the sandy-bottom divers will find very healthy reefs with a large fish and animal population. Sea turtles and rays can be spotted almost any time of year. Most divers find the wall to be the highlight of diving the Grand Turk area. Large animals such as mantas, eagle rays and sharks are regularly seen cruising the open ocean.
South Caicos area
South Caicos is known to some as the big fish capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands. These waters are known to have some of the best diving in the area. Divers will witness numerous large pelagics; squadrons of Eagle Rays and a variety of sharks. Along the wall divers will find gorgeous corals and sponges.
French Cay and West Sand Spit areas
Located approximately 6 miles apart, these dive areas offer pristine coral formations, sandy bottoms where sting rays, schools of goatfish and nurse sharks are found and another opportunity to see the big guys in the blue off the walls. The sandy plateau holds large barrel sponges, beautiful sea fans and pillars of coral. It has been said that this is one of the Turks & Caicos diving jewels. A lucky diver may also witness one of the very large (reported the size of a small car)
groupers which call the area home.
TURKS & CAICOS EXPLORER 2 DIVING VIDEO
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TURKS & CAICOS EXPLORER II