Dive Turks & Caicos
Onboard the Turks & Caicos Explorer II
November 3 to 10, 2018
With Carol Murphy as your guide.

 

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, barrel sponges, hard-coral arches and macro life, the Turks & Caicos Islands truly offer a dive experience for everyone.

Package includes:
8 Days/7 Nights onboard the Turks & Caicos Explorer II
All meals and beverages
5 1/2 Days of diving, up to 5 dives per day!
Tanks and weights

Not Included in Package:
International Airfare
Airport transfers (pay arranged taxi drivers directly), Friday evening meal, equipment rental, instruction and retail charges, crew gratuities, trip cancellation and dive insurance (recommended), departure tax, port taxes, and fuel surcharges.
Paid on the boat: Port/Hotel taxes $95, fuel surcharges $65, Nitrox $150, and crew gratuity. * Note rates are subject to change.


The Vessel
The M/V 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 wardrobe. The air-conditioned main salon on the main deck includes dining tables, TV, CD/DVD, video library, and lounge area. A large sundeck with lounge chairs and buffet area is located aft of the upstairs deckhouse, which contains two additional passenger staterooms, pilothouse, and Captain’s cabin. A large, awning-covered flybridge with wet bar, and seating for 12 to 15 is accessed from the sun deck as well.

The dive deck is equipped with a bathroom, individual gear bins, camera table, recharging station, air and nitrox filling stations, tank racks, freshwater showers, and a separate fresh water rinse for both scuba and underwater camera equipment. There are two large stairways accessing the dive platform, where two in-water ladders hang for easy access to and from the water. The Turks & Caicos Explorer II is also equipped with a satellite telephone for outgoing calls worldwide.

Flight  Information
Airfare is not included in the price. 

November 3, 2018

Depart Flight Time Arrive Arrival Time
November 3, 2018 Boston     Providenciales  

November 10, 2018

November 10, 2018 Providenciales     Boston  

Note:  Flight times and prices are subject to change.

 

Package Prices - based on room category (International Airfare not included)
Based on double occupancy diver package
Price is subject to change due to taxes and fees.

VIP State Rooms $2995 or $2895 cash or check
Queen bed, desk and chair, hanging closet, wardrobe, large window, TV, private ensuite bathroom and shower (couples only). 2 Rooms #1-2

Main Deck Stateroom $2795 or $2695 cash or check
2 Twin beds or one queen bed, desk and chair, hanging closet, wardrobe, large window, private ensuite bathroom and shower. 5 Rooms #3-7

Lower Deck Stateroom $2595 or $2495 cash or check
Upper and lower twin beds, dresser, hanging closet, port lights, private ensuite bathroom and shower. 3 Rooms #8-10

Deposit - $1000
Payment - $500 April 25, 2018

Balance Due - August 25, 2018

Note: Trip is non refundable unless space is sold. Subject to a 6% cancellation fee.

Travel insurance recommended
Note: Prices are subject to change based on taxes and fees.

Please make sure your passport does not expire within six months of the return date.

Photos from our previous group trips. Pictures by Mark Potter

 

Regular 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:

Please see the Arrival section under FAQ at explorervertures.com 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.
  • 3pm 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.
  • 6:30pm Dinner (snacks or dinner available for those arriving on later flights)
  • 10pm 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.
Thursday:
  • Up to five dives at French Cay.
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:
  • 7/8:30am Continental breakfast
  • 9am 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 the next cruise, they strictly enforce the 9am departure.