Aboard the Explorer II
Where we are diving
Feel the warm sand on the soles of your feet as the cool ocean waves roll over your toes. Gentle trade winds rustle the palm and coconut trees behind you. Water so clear it nearly glows. This is Turks and Caicos, one of the world’s top scuba destinations.
Turks and Caicos is known for its amazing coral reef system and is considered one of the healthiest in the world. The reef is teaming with hawksbill turtles, large schools of jacks and eagle rays. When you reach the surface, you’ll already anticipate your next dive of the day.
There is something here for every diver from 30-foot dives to deep plunges. The crystalline visibility opens up a world of brilliant barrels, tubes, plate sponges and coral in nearly all shades of the rainbow. Schools of jewel-like fish dart and flow throughout the healthy reef, and rays of light filter down from the surface.
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Melissa Miles, Open Water Diver Instructor
Melissa started her diving career on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. She was on her honeymoon and her husband suggested they get certified together. Almost immediately upon returning to Northern Virginia Melissa found Sterling Silver Scuba (now Nautilus Aquatics) and continued her diving career. In 2008 she and her husband Jason purchased Sterling Silver Scuba.
Jason Davis, Instructor Trainer
Jason started his diving career on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. He was on his honeymoon and suggested he and his wife get certified together. Almost immediately upon returning to Northern Virginia Jason found Sterling Silver Scuba (now Nautilus Aquatics) and continued his diving career. In 2008 he and his wife Melissa purchased Sterling Silver Scuba.
Where we are staying
The Turks & Caicos Explorer II liveaboard is a custom-designed vessel, exceptionally outfitted for the ultimate diving experience. Large and comfortable it accommodates up to 20 guests. Spacious, stable and safe, you’ll enjoy every minute onboard.
Each stateroom offers privacy with its own ensuite bathroom and wardrobe. The common rooms are shared over multiple decks for lounging and socializing. Choose from the top deck open-air flybridge (a favorite hangout), relax in the air-conditioned dining lounge, or tinker with your camera on the dive deck. Equipped for ease and accessibility, the huge dive deck offers all amenities a guest and diver could need.
Turks & Caicos Explorer II is crewed by a fun, energetic and hardworking team of divers who are devoted to personalized service and friendly camaraderie above all else. They are always standing by to tend to your needs and will take good care of you on board and in the water. The crew is committed to safety and sets a high standard having worked for many years in the liveaboard industry. They will ensure you have an unforgettable diving holiday.
- Double Diver: $3,995
- Double Non-Diver: $3,685
- Single Diver: $7,095
- Single Non-Diver: $6,475
- Double Diver: $4,185
- Double Non-Diver: $3,875
- Single Diver: $7,485
- Single Non-Diver: $6,865
- Double Diver: $4,375
- Double Non-Diver: $4,065
- Single Diver: $7,875
- Single Non-Diver: $7,255
Deposit and payments
- 1st deposit: $750 due upon signup
- 2nd deposit: $1,000 due April 14, 2023
- Full Balance: due August 4, 2023
- Pre-trip meeting: October 15, 2023
- Prices are based upon double occupancy
- All payments are non-refundable
- Prices are subject to change due to events outside of our control
- 7 nights aboard the Explorer II
- 3 meals daily, plus between-dive snacks
- Up to 5 dives daily (up to 27 dives)
- Use of tanks, weights and belts
- All alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
- Airport transfers
- Port taxes
- Fuel surcharge
What’s not included
- Airfare: Diventures will assist
- Friday evening meal
- Crew gratuities
- Departure taxes
- Fuel surcharge
- Current onboard charges
- Dive insurance (required)
- Travel insurance (highly recommended)
- Deep Diving
- Enriched Air Nitrox
- Night and Limited Visibility
Saturday: 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.
- 3 p.m. – 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.
- 6:30 p.m. Dinner (snacks or dinner available for those arriving on later flights)
- 8 p.m. Captain’s Briefing, documents, etc.
Sunday: Provo’s Northwest Point. Four to five dives, with the night spent at mooring.
Monday: Two morning dives at Northwest Point, followed by a 2-hour trip to West Caicos. Three dives, with the night spent at mooring.
Tuesday: Up to five dives at West Caicos, with the night spent at mooring.
Wednesday: Two dives at West Caicos, transit to French Cay, three dives at French Cay, with the night spent at mooring.
Thursday: Five dives at French Cay, with the night spent at mooring.
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 the night spent aboard the vessel.
- 7-8:30 a.m. – Continental breakfast
- 9 a.m. – 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.
What prior travelers say
“Grand Turk was one my best trips to date! It is hard to put into words how incredibly magical this Island is. From the stunning views right outside your room to the incredible dive sites with beautiful coral.”
All travelers must e fully vaccinated against Covid-19.
Must be valid 6 months beyond the dates of your trip. Visitors can stay up to 30 days and must posses a return or on going ticket.
U.S. Dollars. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Travelers Checks are widely accepted on the island and banks will accept all forms of currency.
Casual summer dresses for women and short sleeve shirts, casual pants or dress shorts for men for dining out.
U.S. standard 120/240 Volts
English is spoke on the island and liveaboard
Weather and water temp
Air averages 80º in November, Water averages 82º
Satellite Wi-Fi is not available onboard Turks & Caicos Explorer II.