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

INFORMATION PROVIDED BY EXPLORER VENTURES FLEET

Last Updated: APR 2022
Our crew members are working hard for guests arrival. Our new operational protocols include several pre-emptive boarding and cleanliness measures that affect the guest's journey from arrival to departure, including additional health and well-being requirements across all points of contact on the vessels.

PRE-TRIP & BOARDING

Vessel evaluation: We have completed an evaluation and continue to assess points of guest contact. This has resulted in the integration of heightened hygiene practices across key points - starting from the moment guests arrive at the gangway through the entirety of their onboard vacation experience. These points include the salons, guest rooms, galley, food and beverage experiences, housekeeping and laundry, public bathrooms, dive deck and dive platform.
Temperature & Covid Checks: Precautionary temperature and oxygen checks for both crew and guests may be done daily at some destinations. Guest will be required to take negative PCR tests before arriving at their destination.
Boarding: To help ensure that all team members and guests stay healthy, all staff are required to wear face masks during check-in, when screening guest temperatures, during meal service, in public areas inside the vessel, and when off the vessel and at other times as may be necessary. Bags and shoes will also be fogged in pre-boarding.
Masks: Guests are encouraged to wear masks as is practical and we suggest the use of reusable masks. Masks made from recycled ocean plastics have been provided to the staff and are available onboard for guest purchase.

DAILY OPERATION:

Briefings: Guest welcome and daily briefings include reminders on best practices for safety, handwashing, avoiding illness, and on our Green Fins and Dive Green programs.
Social Distancing: Social distancing practices are encouraged so that guests maintain a safe social distance whenever possible while sustaining the relaxed experience our trips are known for. This includes spacing guests out on the dive deck as much as possible, asking that guests keep control of regulators and masks on the way to the exits and on the way to their lockers upon returning from their dives, and replacing handshakes with a nod and a smile.
Dining: The guest dining experience has been modified to limit contact points of normal buffet service. Typical food service is now plated, with servers wearing gloves and masks during all meal services. Any guest who chooses not to eat with the group in the salon may have the meal served on the sun deck. Guests will be asked to wash hands before meals and limit contact.
Provisions: Local vendors and suppliers are be required to have minimal physical contact, and we sanitize all touchpoints, including equipment, and remove all outer packing upon arrival.
Land Tours & Taxis: We have worked with our shore support companies to ensure that transfers are done in accordance with new recommendations for cleanliness and decontamination. All tours have been put on hold for the time being. The Friday night dinners ashore are planned to accommodate cleanliness and distancing expectations.

CLEANING & SANITIZATION:

Crew Training: Crew have been trained in appropriate Covid-19 cleaning and disinfection procedures from accredited organizations.
Disinfection: Cleaning, disinfection and sanitation are repeated multiple times daily, with a minimum of three inspections daily. These inspections and targeted cleaning steps include hard surfaces such as door handles and handrails and include public restrooms, salon tables, and chairs as well as other high-touch surfaces. Interior areas of the vessels are fogged weekly with disinfectant.
Chemical Agents: Simple Green Pro 3 and Vital Oxide are the primary cleaning agents used for disinfection and fogging. Both agents are Covid-19 approved and are biodegradable keeping environmental impact top of mind.
Room Cleaning: Daily room cleaning service is offered but stressed as optional if guests would prefer not to have others in their room at all. When cleaning staff use gloves and mask. As always, staterooms are cleaned thoroughly between charters.
Linens: Our dive towel system has been altered to limit the potential for cross-contamination. As always, careful cleaning and sanitizing of cabin linens and towels is a priority. Cleaning of linens is optional should guests decline the service.
Air Purification: UV-C lights have been installed for purification of air conditioning system.
Handwashing: Additional handwashing and hand sanitizing stations are provided for guests and crew members throughout the vessels. Handwashing is emphasized before sanitizer to reduce environmental impact from both the chemical and plastics.
Rinse Tanks: Mask rinse tanks have been eliminated in favor of running water rinses. Gear rinse tanks are treated to avoid cross-contamination of dive gear. Simple Green Pro 3 is used.
Rental Gear: All gear is sanitized between rentals and handled carefully to reduce potential contamination.


WHAT DOES THIS ALL MEAN?

Some of these altered procedures may temporarily impact the level of customer service, guest interaction and accommodation for which the Explorer Ventures Fleet is known. While each vessel and operation is different, some challenges are universal. Our vessels have room for only a certain number of crew and guests meaning social distancing can be difficult to maintain. Also, additional crew responsibilities may limit their time available with guests. While our goal remains to deliver an exceptionally good experience to every guest, diving holidays in today's norm requires some flexibility on the part of both guests and crew.

Country Covid Travel Information

View entry requirements here

All travellers to the Turks and Caicos Islands will be required to visit the TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal

As of 14JAN 2022, 2021
All visitors, aged 16 years of age and above, must be "fully vaccinated". Fully vaccinated means that the person has received 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and 14 days has elapsed since the second dose.
All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will still be required to take a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen are acceptable) no more than 3 days prior to arrival in the islands.
You must have travel insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctor visits, prescriptions, and air ambulance.

All visitors will be required to wear masks on arrival to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

All travelers will be subject to screening and temperature checks upon arrival.

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 213APR 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 travellers to the Turks and Caicos Islands will be required to visit the TCI Assured Travel Authorization Portal

As of 14JAN 2022, 2021
All visitors, aged 16 years of age and above, must be "fully vaccinated". Fully vaccinated means that the person has received 2 doses of an approved COVID-19 vaccine and 14 days has elapsed since the second dose.
All visitors, regardless of vaccination status, will still be required to take a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen are acceptable) no more than 3 days prior to arrival in the islands.
You must have travel insurance which covers COVID-19 medical costs and full hospitalization, doctor visits, prescriptions, and air ambulance.

All visitors will be required to wear masks on arrival to the Turks and Caicos Islands.

All travelers will be subject to screening and temperature checks upon arrival.

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 213APR 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 You must have a valid ESTA before travel or to 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

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. All non sterling card payments and UK business debit cards will be subject to the 3% surcharge. We do not take AMEX. Alternatively, you are welcome to pay via bank transfer. Overseas bank transfers must add £6 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
5% off plus £100 bonus for repeat customers travelling within 12 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 $80, 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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