Turks & Caicos Explorer II will return to regular diving charters in the Turks & Caicos Islands on April 16th. Over the last 10 weeks, the liveaboard cruised the Silver Bank in the Dominican Republic, offering guests unique humpback whale experiences. Every year the Silver Bank hosts up to 7,000 North Atlantic humpback whales for mating and calving, and world-renowned naturalists at Aquatic Adventures guide lucky guests on passive, in-water encounters with the whales.
When the Turks & Caicos Explorer II resumes normal operations in the Turks & Caicos Islands next month, divers will once again be able to enjoy Turks & Caicos’ impossibly clear waters, steep walls, sunny days, and sharks galore. These islands have it all, making them the perfect destination for a last-minute holiday this spring. A 14-mile reef off Providenciales holds vibrant reefs and dramatic drop-offs, and the liveaboard makes diving extraordinarily easy. On board Turks & Caicos Explorer II you can access the islands’ best sites, maximizing your bottom time without the hassle of long boat journeys. Just unpack your gear once and dive, dive, dive. Experience Turks & Caicos’ islands the way they were meant to be.
Turks & Caicos Islands Itinerary Overview
When to go: Low annual rainfall and reliable ocean currents contribute to remarkable diving conditions year-round. However, one of the best times to visit TCI is in April and May when there are fewer crowds and pleasant weather with highs that hover in the 80s. It is the shoulder season between the cool and hot months, with more than nine hours of sunshine a day.
What to see: Caribbean reef sharks, eagle rays, turtles, jacks, octopus, grouper, lobster, huge gorgonian fans, barrel sponges, occasional dolphins, and hammerheads. Lucky divers also have the occasional sightings (and sounds) of humpback whales.
Where to do: 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. Up to 27 dives during the week.
Where to stay: The Turks & Caicos Explorer II is a 124-foot aluminum vessel, a grand and spacious yacht. The liveaboard comfortably accommodates up to 20 passengers in 10 staterooms, all with private en-suite bathrooms. Up to 10 staff are onboard in crews’ quarters. The vessel features multiple decks for sun-bathing, and a large dive deck with nitrox and all dive amenities.
What’s included: 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. The menu is a mix of locally inspired recipes, American favorites, and delicious dishes from the chef’s imagination.
Where to fly: Providenciales International Airport (PLS)
What it will cost: Starting at $2895 per person – See package details.
How to book: Call or email Explorer Ventures Fleet today.