Turks and Caicos Explorer - Caribbean

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About Turks and Caicos Explorer

Have you heard about the incredible liveaboard diving in Turks & Caicos yet? Not many divers have discovered this diving destination in the Caribbean but it will not be long before the secret is out - make this your choice for your next Caribbean scuba diving holiday and you will not be disappointed. With over 40 islands (only 8 of which are inhabited) to explore, the quality of diving will astound even the most seasoned diver. There are dramatic wall dives, opulent corals and sponges, pelagic encounters and healthy reef dives to enjoy. And with the Turks & Caicos Explorer as your liveaboard home for the week, you really can get away from it all on a perfect voyage through the many island and cays. Spoil yourself totally and experience the Caribbean as it is meant to be seen.

The Turks & Caicos Explorer accommodates 20 passengers in 10 cabins. There are 3 twin cabins with a larger lower bed and upper single bunk on the lower deck of the ship. On the main deck there are 5 cabins - 2 of which have standard twin beds and 3 of which have a queen bed Finally upstairs there are the 2 VIP cabins, both of which have queen sized double beds . All cabins have private AC and ensuite.

The saloon and dining area are welcoming but it is the covered sun deck where many guests spend their time not diving. There is also a BBQ up here which will be fired up at least once during the trip. The all important dive deck has been carefully thought out to give all divers the room they need. Kit lockers, camera table and large rinse tanks are just some of the important features. All diving is done from the boat making entries and exits simple and stress free. A giant stride and you enter a lavish scene. There are over 1000 square miles of coral reef to discover so the dives come thick and fast.

Shell

2012-07-12 09:47:58

Totally enjoyable. The dive briefings were great, no hype, but when they said to look for something it would quite often be there. They provided a friendly and comfortable feeling from start to finish ... The crew paid attention to the divers and the divers needs. They were very informative about dive sites in the dive briefings. Fills were always completed in a timely manner with full tanks

Briana Meader

2012-07-12 09:46:52

The crew was FANTASTIC! They were extremely friendly, but professional. They answered all of my questions and helped me get very comfortable doing so much diving.

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Nassau (NAS) is around 9 hours direct flying time from London. Indirect services take longer. The Bahamas is a scuba diving paradise, with breathtaking dive sites offering pristine reefs, multitudes of exciting wrecks, blue holes, spectacular walls and the chance to dive with dolphins and sharks. It's also got great life surface side, with pristine beaches, plenty of restaurants and bars and a fabulous place to while away the hours enjoying the Caribbean sunshine.

Weather and Climate

The Bahamas enjoys fairly constant trade winds, and as such, it a fabulous year round holiday. The winter air temps are between 21-24C whilst the simmer months are warmer, 27-29C, with a greater chance of rain. Water temps go from around 23C (Feb) and 29C (Aug).

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Flight options

There are both direct and indirect flight options to the Bahamas (Nassau). BA operate the direct flight from London. Depending on the day of departure, you may need to route via the States, usually Miami, with American Airlines. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA. We are able to book most major airlines.  If you have a specific airline you prefer to fly with, simply let us know in your booking request.  A supplement may apply for regional departures.  Times and any applicable supplements will be confirmed by your travel consultant before you finalise your holiday.  If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Nassau, let us know and we can remove the cost of the international flights from your quote. We are unfortunately not able to redeem airmiles on your behalf.  Please do not confirm any flight arrangements yourself before your holiday is confirmed by us.  

Stopovers

If you are routing through the USA, we are able to book a stop over en route. This is usually in Miami. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA.

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Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a visa on entry to the Bahamas. You must have a valid ESTA before travel or transit through the USA. Do ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Regulations can change: please review current FCO advice: click here

Insurance

Scuba Travel requires all of our customers to have diving insurance.  Please make sure that you have appropriate cover for your diving activities.   We also strongly recommend you have travel insurance.  It’s worth taking out travel insurance once you have paid your deposit to ensure you are covered for unforeseen events and cancellation. Find out more about our combined dive and travel policy click here

Immunisations

Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on travel immunisations:  click here

Preparing to fly

Seating

You will be able to manage your booking online once you have been ticketed (after you have paid your holiday balance).  Most airlines will now enable you to select your seating at this point.  There may be a small charge for prebookable seating before online check in opens.  Please speak to the airline for more information about charges.

Check in

As you are flying with a scheduled airline, you will be able to check in online with your airline.  Please visit their website for more information about when online check in opens.

Lounge

An airport lounge is a great way to start your holiday or to while away flight connections in comfort.  Scuba Travel works with Lounge Pass to offer a huge range of affordable airport lounges around the world. click here

Parking

Prebook your airport parking to save money!  If you have a long way to travel, why not also look at booking an airport hotel.  These aren’t as expensive as you might think.   click here

What happens when I arrive?

On arrival for any of our Bahamas holidays, you will be met and taken to your hotel or liveaboard. Simply make your way to through baggage reclaim and immigrations. Your transfer will be waiting for you with a board with your name, resort or liveaboard. If you have any issues at all locating your rep, please contact us.  We have an emergency contact, manned by a member of the team here in the UK.  Please call 0044 7747 488 002.  We will be able to help your rep locate you in the airport.  

Transfers

If you are travelling onto Bimini you will need to catch a domestic flight. These can only be booked with a smaller baggage allowance than the international flights. Excess baggage is charged for locally. Domestic flights are on smaller planes, and the schedule can be affected by adverse winds. We will always try to allow time in your itinerary for any possible delays. If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Nassau, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost

Departures

You will be advised locally of your transfer times at the end of your holiday. The departure tax of BS$15.00 is collected from every person 6 years and older.

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