Turks Caicos Explorer | Scuba Diving Holiday | Scuba Travel

Turks Caicos Explorer | Scuba Diving Holiday - Caribbean

  • Guests 20
  • Rooms 10 cabins with 3 room grades to chose from
  • Restaurants On board cuisine cooked
  • Food and Drinks Lots of fresh vegetables, rice, pasta, chicken, beef, turkey, pork and fish. Breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, danish and fresh fruit
  • FacilitiesThe 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
  • Diving Up to 5 dives daily, including night dives, all from main boat
  • Diving Extras Please request all kit hire and courses prior to travel
  • Internet Access No internet on board - phone coverage can be patchy

Turks Caicos Explorer | Scuba Diving Holiday

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.

VIP Stateroom

These 2 cabins feature individually-controlled air conditioning systems, as well as a queen-sized bed, desk, chair, and private bathroom and shower. Forward of them is located the expansive pilothouse, with access to the Captain's Stateroom.

VIP Bathroom

Private bathroom and shower.

Main Deck Cabin 3 and 4

On the main deck each have twin beds, desk with chair, hanging closet, wardrobe, storage, individually-controlled air conditioning, and private bathroom and shower.

Lower Deck Cabin 8-10

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.

Please note these prices may not include flights. Click select for the full holiday details

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.

Covid Information for Turks and Caicos Explorer

Please ask about the latest covid requirements, where applicable.

Country Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

All visitors aged 18 and above are required to be double vaccinated on arrival and at least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of an approved vaccine. Proof of vaccination is required. Unvaccinated visitors can only enter TCI if they are unable to take a COVID-19 vaccination on medical grounds and must have a letter attesting to this signed by a doctor or GP. There are no other exceptions, including if you have already had COVID-19.

All visitors aged 18 and above will need to provide evidence of double vaccination against COVID-19 on arrival to the TCI. At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of the vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the TCI Ministry of Health.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on arrival. Visitors are however, fully responsible for the cost of quarantine/isolation, hospitalisation or medical repatriation in the event they test positive during their stay

The Turks and Caicos Islands will accept the UKs proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies.

From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 13 SEP 2022

Frequently Asked Questions

Location

Providenciales, Turks & Caicos is around 12 hours flying time via Antigua and departs twice a week (Thurs & Sun) Showered with blazing sunshine all year-round, the Turks and Caicos lure divers to come and experience this world class dive destination for themselves. Thrilling wall diving and pelagics are what await here. There are even historic shipwrecks at Molasses Reef.

Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

All visitors aged 18 and above are required to be double vaccinated on arrival and at least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of an approved vaccine. Proof of vaccination is required. Unvaccinated visitors can only enter TCI if they are unable to take a COVID-19 vaccination on medical grounds and must have a letter attesting to this signed by a doctor or GP. There are no other exceptions, including if you have already had COVID-19.

All visitors aged 18 and above will need to provide evidence of double vaccination against COVID-19 on arrival to the TCI. At least 14 days must have passed since your second dose of the vaccine and the vaccine must be approved by the TCI Ministry of Health.

There is no testing or quarantine requirement on arrival. Visitors are however, fully responsible for the cost of quarantine/isolation, hospitalisation or medical repatriation in the event they test positive during their stay

The Turks and Caicos Islands will accept the UKs proof of COVID-19 recovery and vaccination record and proof of COVID-19 vaccination issued in the Crown Dependencies.

From 18th March, when you travel to England from abroad you:
do not need to take any COVID-19 tests before you travel or after you arrive
do not need to fill in a UK passenger locator form
do not need to quarantine when you arrive
This applies whether you are vaccinated or not.

It includes people who are transiting through England.
Updated 13 SEP 2022

Weather and Climate

The average temperature on the Turks and Caicos ranges between 29°-32°C between June and October. Late summer month can be even warmer. Between November and May the air temperature is cooler, averaging 27°-29°C. There's a fairly constant trade wind, keeping conditions comfortable and cool. Water temps in the winter months are between 23-26, increasing to 27-29 in the summer.

Travel

Flight options

For the 2020 winter season (Oct onwards) flights will route from London to Antigua and onto Turks & Caicos twice a week (Thurs & Sun). We are not offering transit via the USA for the winter 2020/21 season. If you wish to make your own flight arrangements to Providenciales, 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

As our preferred flight routing stops in Antigua, you can partner your Turks & Caicos holiday with a stay at Sandals Grande Antigua (min stay 7 nights). Talk to your travel consultant for more info. We are not offering transit via the USA for the winter 2020/21 season.

Arrange before you go

Visa requirements

UK passport holders are able to obtain a 90 day visa on entry to Turks & Caicos. Please ensure your passport has 6 months validity from your return date to prevent any issues with immigration. if your flights transit through the USA, you MUST have a valid ESTA or visa before travel. It is your responsibility to ensure your passport is valid and you fulfil entry requirements. Previous travel to certain countries (eg Cuba, Sudan) will exclude you from the ESTA programme and you will need to apply for a visa before travel. 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

Your covid proof of vaccination must match your passport name and flight ticket name. Please speak to your local GP or check out the latest NHS advice on updating your NHS details or for other 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?

Guests arriving at Provo international airport by a staff member in uniform who will have a sign. Our representative will be just outside at the international arrivals area. Baggage handlers may offer to help for a fee. It can take over an hour for everyone to clear customs. 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

Airport transfers are always included in your holiday package. A representatives will advise where to find your transfer outside of the airport. If you have made your own flight arrangements to land in Provo, please confirm at the time of booking if airport transfers are included or available at an additional cost

Departures

You will depart for the Provo airport in the morning. The departure tax is approx US$20, which can be paid only in US dollars or with a credit/ debit card.

Info

Tipping

Friday dinner is not included in your cruise - the crew will make recommendations and reservations

Currency

On board payments can be made in USD or with mastercard, visa and American Express

Phone coverage

No internet on board - phone coverage can be patchy

Plugs and electricity

Electrical outlets onboard are standard US 110 volt.

Extras

Hire equipment

Please prebook - a full price list available on request

Extras

Please prebook - a full price list available on request

Souvenirs

The boat has a small on board boutique

Nitrox/Gas

Nitrox for the week costs $150

Payments

Deposits and Balances

A typical deposit for Turks and Caicos Explorer will be 30% of your liveabaord package. Additional payments maybe required to secure your flights. This will be due once your holiday has been confirmed. Your balance will then be due 90 days before travel.

Ways to pay

We accept mastercard and visa debit or credit cards. If you would like a pay by link to complete check out via email please let us know and it can be set up for you. We do not take AMEX. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 3% surcharge. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas bank transfers must add £8 to the sterling total to cover international handling fees. We are not able to accept PayPal transactions or personal cheques.

Group Payments

If you have booked as part of a group, you can still call and pay directly without needing to go via your group leader. Please have your trip reference number to hand to help us locate your holiday as quickly as possible. You will receive a transaction receipt - your group leader will forward your ATOL certificate and booking confirmation

Discounts

Repeat Guests

Are you one of Scuba Travel's repeat customers?
Over 60% of our customers trust Scuba Travel to book their next diving holiday, time after time.

And we believe you deserve a huge thanks for your ongoing support over the years, which is what our repeater discount is all about! Travel with us again in either 12 months or 24 months and you will qualify for a discount. That's all you have to do. No forms, no numbers to remember, no fuss, just a good honest price reduction.

5% off for repeat customers travelling with Scuba Travel within 24 months
Travel again with any Explorer Ventures liveaboard in 12 months and join the 5-5-5 programme. Book your next trip with only a 5% deposit and extra 5% discount. You can enjoy up to 5 dives a day (where possible) and there's no charge if you have to reschedule your trip within 6 or 8 mths (depending on destination). Is this your 6th full price Explorer Ventures liveabaord? Then the fleet will apply the average price paid for those trips toward the standard retail rate of your sixth trip with us which, depending on the itinerary you choose, could be absolutely free!
Repeat discounts are not cumulative and cannot be applied to special offer prices

Included

Onboard you have 7 nights on a full board basis (twin/double share cabin) - cabin upgrades available - plus social servings of alcohol and soft drinks. Friday dinner is not included in your cruise.

A 12lt tank, air fills and weights are included with up to 5 dives a day (except first and last day)

Transfers cannot be prepaid in Turks & Caicos. We will pre-book a transfer taxi for you but this needs to be paid for locally (approx $45)



Excluded

This holiday excludes international flights to Providenciales PLS.

To pay locally are the departure tax, fuel surcharge $200, port fees $95, nitrox $150, optional land tours, kit hire and any on board souvenirs.

Tipping is entirely at your discretion. We do not make recommendations as to how much to tip. Should you wish to leave a tip for the guides and crew, it should reflect the level of service you have enjoyed.


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