Special Grand Turk itineraries
The incomparable Turks & Caicos Explorer II was designed from the ground up as a liveaboard dive vessel/corporate charter yacht 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 throughout the southern Bahamas.
The newly-refurbished luxury vessel carries up to 20 passengers and 8 crew. All staterooms throughout the vessel have port lights or windows, individually-controlled air-conditioning, and private ensuite bathrooms.
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/DVD.
The dive deck of course include 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.
Scheduling 5 dives daily, including night dives, the vessel boards in Providenciales each Saturday and offers 5 1/2 days of diving each week. 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.
The Turks & Caicos Islands, located 575 miles southeast of Miami, were first populated by the Lucayan or Arawak Indians. Columbus claimed the islands for Spain in 1492, which then in 1670 ceded them to Britain. Dependencies of the Bahamas until 1874, the islands were subsequently controlled by the Jamaican government. In 1962 the islands became a British Commonwealth Colony, which they remain today.
Casual attire is appropriate on board, as well as throughout the islands. The US Dollar is the official currency of the Turks & Caicos; power outlets and 115-volt power are the same as in the USA. Passports are now required for all visitors; an ongoing or return ticket is required.
Turks & Caicos
- Itineraries: 8 day/7 night itineraries
- Schedule: Departing Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Saturdays
- Accommodates: 20 passengers in 10 air-conditioned double staterooms
- Water temperatures: 76 degrees in February to a high of 84 degrees in August
- Visibility: Normally between 60 and 100+ feet
- All diving done from the vessel
- Providenciales, Turks & Caicos (PLS)
- American, Continental, Delta and US Airways from U.S. cities
- Bahamas Air from Nassau, Bahamas
1.307.235.0683 (Outside US/Canada)