Turks and Caicos
SAIL ABOARD THE LUXURY OF THE TURKS AND CAICOS EXPLORER II
Enjoy every day exactly as you wish while exploring the underwater worlds most beautiful places. We are taking you on a luxury private dive yacht cruise through the Turks & Caicos aboard The Turks & Caicos Explorer II. Allow us to take care of every detail of your dive trip as you enjoy spacious cabins and dive in the company of an intimate group of newfound friends.
June 20th to 27th, 2020 Kids Sea Camp liveaboard adventure: 20 divers/ 10 cabins
You really can have it all on a dive cruise. This yacht was designed to be a luxury yacht/charter dive boat that quietly cruises the glamorous seaside getaway, taking you to the best diving all 3 islands have to offer.
Kids Sea Camp is privately escorting this cruise to capture the essence of a family floating along easy dives, warm water, calm seas and pampered VIP service for all. This luxury vessel carries up to 20 passengers and 8 crew. All staterooms throughout the vessel have portlights or windows, individually-controlled air-conditioning, and private ensuite bathrooms.
The ship: The M/V Turks & Caicos Explorer II comfortably accommodates 20 passengers in 10 double staterooms, each of which has private bathroom facilities, individually-controlled air conditioning, hanging closet and wardrobe. The air-conditioned main salon on the main deck includes dining tables, TV, CD/DVD, video library and lounge area.
A large sundeck with lounge chairs and buffet area is located aft of the upstairs deckhouse, which contains two additional passenger staterooms, pilothouse, and Captain’s cabin. A large, awning-covered flybridge with wet bar, barbecue and seating for 12 to 15 is accessed from the sun deck as well.
The dive deck is equipped with a bathroom, individual gear bins, camera table, recharging station, air and Nitrox filling stations, tank racks, freshwater showers, and a separate fresh water rinse for both scuba and underwater camera equipment. There are two large stairways accessing the dive platform, where two in-water ladders hang for easy access to and from the water. The Turks & Caicos Explorer II is also equipped with a satellite telephone for outgoing calls worldwide.
The Islands and the diving
The Turks & Caicos Islands are located 575 miles southeast of Miami and were first populated by the Lucayan or Arawak Indians. Columbus claimed the islands for Spain in 1492, which then in 1670 ceded them to Britain. Dependencies of the Bahamas until 1874, the islands were subsequently controlled by the Jamaican government. In 1962 the islands became a British Commonwealth Colony, which they remain today.
Casual attire is appropriate on board, as well as throughout the islands. The US Dollar is the official currency of the Turks & Caicos; power outlets and 115-volt power are the same as in the USA. Passports are now required for all visitors; an ongoing or return ticket is required.
How do I pack for a the trip: Packing for a liveaboard trip is much easier than packing for a land-based vacation. The climate doesn’t require much more than shorts, T-shirts, and swimsuits (you may consider slacks, dress shorts or sundresses for dinner ashore, though all restaurants are “casual”). Soft luggage is recommended as it takes up very little space when empty. Sun screens, sunglasses, a visor or hat is recommended.
In case of rough weather or if you have a tendency towards seasickness, come prepared with motion sickness medications or Transderm patches from your doctor. If you have favorite CD’s, IPod playlist or DVD’s, feel free to bring them. All linens (including sheets, comforters, bath towels, hand towels, dive towels, and wash cloths) are provided on board. If possible, pack your regulator, dive computer, mask, a swimsuit, change of clothes, necessary medications and toiletries in your carry-on bag. Having these few items with you will make an unexpected luggage delay far more bearable.
Living right in a live-aboard
- 7 nights/8 days aboard the vessel
- up to 5 dives daily
- 3 meals daily (except Friday dinner in town)
- Private dive guides
- KSC staff
- T-shirt, hats
- Camera use, slideshow, photo thumb drive
- Dive snacks
- Towels, linens, etc
- Use of tanks, weights and weight belts
- All air fills
- FREE Nitrox
- Alcohol & non-alcoholic beverages
- Port/hotel tax of $95 and a fuel surcharge payable on board
- VAT, and transfers
- Pro or post hotel stays and additional meals
- Gratuity for dive staff
- Round-trip air
- Friday’s evening meal
- Nitrox course available $200 includes E learning please contact KSC to reserve
All pricing is in US Dollars, per person double occupancy.
Diving from morning to night
The regular Turks and Caicos cruise itineraries run from Saturday to Saturday, and depart from and return to the Caicos Marina and Shipyard, Providenciales (Provo). 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.
Sample Itinerary (Weather can change the sites and the number of dives)
Sunday: Provo's Northwest Point. Four to five dives, with night spent at mooring.
Monday: Two morning dives at Northwest Point, followed by 2-hour trip to West Caicos. Three dives, with night spent at mooring.
Tuesday: Up to five dives at West Caicos, with night spent at mooring.
Wednesday: Two dives at West Caicos, transit to French Cay, three dives at French Cay, with night spent at mooring.
Thursday: Five dives at French Cay, with 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 night spent aboard vessel.
700 AM to 830 AM: Continental breakfast
900 AM: 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.
Due to the necessity of readying the vessel for our next cruise, we must strictly enforce the 9 am departure.
Staterooms from top to bottom
This luxury vessel carries up to 20 passengers and 8 crew. All staterooms throughout the vessel have portlights or windows, individually-controlled air-conditioning, and private ensuite bathrooms.
A comfortable full-width salon, located forward of the spacious dive deck, provides seating for all guests at once, a wet bar, and an entertainment area with DVD and CD stereo. The boat deck, one level up, has ample room for sunning and relaxing; the flybridge includes a wet bar and comfortable seating for up to 15.
The two VIP staterooms located on the upper boat deck, as well as the two forward staterooms on the main deck, are equipped with TV/VCR.
VIP Staterooms: Queen bed, desk/chair, hanging closet, wardrobe, large window, TV, private ensuite bathroom and shower (couple only). Staterooms 1-2.
Main Deck Staterooms: Twin or Queen bed, desk/chair, hanging closet, wardrobe, large window(s), private ensuite bathroom and shower. Staterooms 3-4, twins. Staterooms 5-7, queen or twins.
Lower Deck Staterooms: Twin lower and upper beds, dresser, hanging closet, port lights, private ensuite bathroom, and shower. Staterooms 8-10.
|VIP Staterooms (Queen beds) Staterooms 1-2||$2,995|
|Main Deck Staterooms (Twin or Queen) 3-4 twins only. 5-7 Queen or twins||$2,795|
|Lower Deck Staterooms (Twin lower and upper beds) 8-10||$2,595|
A great dive experience for everyone
Located 575 miles southeast of Miami, the idyllic islands of the Turks & Caicos sit surrounded by turquoise waters containing over 1,000 square miles of living coral reef.
A Mecca for divers from all over the world, the Turks & Caicos Islands are known for their expansive underwater visibility, high-voltage wall dives, and the profusion of marine life of all sizes located within their boundaries.Low annual rainfall and reliable ocean currents contribute to the remarkable visibility, as well as provide nutrients for the many large pelagics common in these waters.
Caribbean reef sharks are common, as are spotted eagle rays, jacks, grouper, and turtles. Also spotted on a frequent basis are blacktips, tiger sharks, hammerheads, and manta rays. Famous for its spectacular walls filled with huge gorgonian fans, barrel sponges, hard-coral arches and macro life, the Turks & Caicos Islands truly offer a dive experience for everyone.
The weather in the Turks & Caicos Islands is remarkably consistent year-round. The temperatures range from the 70’s (F) or higher in the winter months to the low 90’s during the summer, with nearly constant sea breezes. Water temperatures range from a low of about 72 degrees F in winter to a high of about 82 degrees F in summer. There is normally little appreciable current at the sites we visit, and visibility is generally between 75 and 150 feet. Most divers are comfortable with a 3 mm wetsuit in summer and a 5 mm wetsuit with hooded vest in winter.
What gear should I bring?
The vessel provides tanks, weights, and weight belts for your use. If you prefer to rent the rest of your equipment from us, we have all of the equipment that you will need. Please indicate on your application form what equipment you will require. Otherwise, the following items are the diver's responsibility:
- Certification Card (Must have this to dive on the week)
- Diving Log Book*
- Mask *
- Snorkel *
- Fins *
- Booties (if you wear them)
- Buoyancy Control Device (required) *
- Regulator w/alternate air source *
- Submersible pressure and depth gauges (required) *
- Underwater time piece (required)
- Dive light *
- Safety marker buoy *
- Tank Marker Lights (required for night dives) *
- Dive computer (recommended) *
- Wet suit (3mm) *
- Repair kit w/ spare parts
* Available for rent on board
A little something for everyone
Please list on the application form any dietary needs you have.
Aboard the Turks & Caicos Explorer II, evening meals usually consist of lots of fresh vegetables, rice, pasta, chicken, beef, turkey, pork, and fish. Breakfast is the usual fare of eggs, bacon, pancakes, French toast, muffins, danish and fresh fruits.
Lunches vary from soup and sandwiches, burgers, pasta, assorted salads, and quiche. Homemade baked breads, cookies and brownies are offered between dives. If you have any dietary restrictions or requests, please indicate so on your application form.
Please note that specific brands of drinks, dressings and foods are often unavailable in the islands, and that it can be very difficult for us to find low-fat, gluten free or soy products, fresh fruit, fish, and other items common elsewhere. While we will do our best to accommodate your requests, please be realistic and consider bringing some of your own foods if the lack thereof may constitute a health risk.
Saturday to Saturday
For arrivals on the Saturday of boarding: Though transfers are not included in the package, you will be met at the airport by a local driver who will be aware of the boat’s location. Due to tides, weather conditions and her size, the vessel’s weekend location and schedule is tide-dependent, and she may be located either in Caicos Marina or anchored offshore. If you are not met at the airport and are unsure where to meet the boat, simply ask your cab driver to call the boat’s cell phone number or VHF Channel 16 and ask for instructions. Cab fares can vary but generally are up to $45 each way for up to 2 people, and up to $25 for each additional person. This can also vary depending on the time of day.
If you arrive on an early flight, you’ll be given the option to stay at the airport restaurant to relax or to go to the shopping/restaurant area called Salt Mills (this is a few dollars more than a direct taxi ride to the vessel). In either case, the driver will deliver you to the vessel around the 3 pm boarding time. The marina where the vessel docks do not have any amenities available. Since you may be picked up by dinghy at a beach, you will be more comfortable if you wear sandals or deck shoes and either shorts, or trousers or pants that can be rolled up.
If delayed call 1.800.322.3577 (US/Canada) Operations office or 1.649.242.8267 (boat’s cell).
If you are staying overnight on Providenciales prior to boarding: While the vessel normally docks at Caicos Marina, tides and/or weather may dictate an early departure. Please be sure that your application form has included your hotel information on Providenciales, and call the vessel prior to checking out of your hotel to determine where and when to board. The boat is available for boarding after 3 p.m. If you experience travel difficulties and are delayed, please contact the vessel or Operations office.
Leaving: The Turks & Caicos Explorer II arrives back in Providenciales midday Friday. Transportation will be provided for a casual dinner on Friday evening. Passengers spend Friday night and have Saturday breakfast on board. There will be sufficient time to catch a flight out at any time on Saturday. For most flights, the departure tax is included in the ticket purchase price. Please check with your airline for information specific to your ticket.
Places to Stay
Ports of Call Resort Turks & Caicos
Sibonne Beach Hotel
Grace Bay Suites
Places to Eat
Tiki Hut Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Seafood and grill menu. Daily specials. Friendly neighborhood bar. Sunday Brunch - Make your own Bloody Mary. On the boardwalk at Turtle Cove Marina
The Shark bite Bar & Grill sits over the water in Turtle Cove Marina on Providenciales. Friendly service, great value and lots of fun are right here. 941-5090
All US Citizens traveling by air to the Turks & Caicos are required by the U.S. Government to have a valid U.S. Passport. Canadian visitors may enter without a passport if they have an original or notarized birth certificate and a photo ID. Visitors from other countries do require passports, but for most other countries visas aren’t necessary (except countries of the former Eastern Bloc). Travelers are encouraged to contact the nearest British Consulate Office for specific entry requirements. A valid return or onward airline ticket is also required.
Diving and more diving
It's a liveaboard! You dive, you rest, eat and dive again. Do this 3, 4, or 5 times in a day and you have a a lot of activity called diving.