We're thrilled to announce that in early February 2005, the luxurious Turks & Caicos Explorer II emerged from a refit/renovation in Mobile, Alabama and begin service in Providenciales, Turks & Caicos Islands! The flagship of our growing fleet, the incomparable custom vessel was purchased by Explorer Ventures in December, 2004. The vessel was designed from the ground up and built as a corporate charter and liveaboard dive vessel in 1995.
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.
The Turks & Caicos Islands 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.
The Turks & Caicos Explorer II's regular itinerary will include Provo s Northwest Point, the walls of West Caicos, and (weather permitting) French Cay. Scheduling 5 dives daily, including night dives, the vessel offers 5 1D2 days of diving each week, exploring 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.
Providenciales is well-served by jet service from Miami and New York on American Airlines and USAir, as well as from London by British Airways. Weekly charter flights from Canada and other US cities is also frequently available. 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 recommended for all visitors; an ongoing or return ticket is required. North American visitors may also enter with an original copy of their birth certificate (with raised seal), coupled with one piece of photo identification.
Turks & Caicos Explorer II Deck Plans
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 feature a shared library area and individually-controlled air conditioning systems, as well as a queen-sized bed, desk, chair, TV/VCR and private bathroom and shower. Forward of them is located the expansive pilothouse, with access to the Captain's Stateroom.
The aft portion 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, VCR and stereo, as well as a boutique display and access to all staterooms and the galley. The five staterooms on the main deck each have either queen or twin/queen beds, desk with chair, hanging closet, wardrobe, storage, individually-controlled air conditioning, and private bathroom and shower. The forward two staterooms also have a TV/VCR.
The lower deck of the vessel includes the compressor and dive gear storage room aft, accessed from the dive platform through two watertight doors. The passenger staterooms 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 E-6 photo lab, communications room, and crew cabins.