Turks and Caicos Explorer



  • Award-winning crew ranked #1 by Scuba Diving Magazine's Readers Choice Awards
  • All alcoholic beverages included
  • Humpback whale snorkeling in Dominican Republic (Silver Bank) from January to April
  • Dive into the pristine waters of the Providenciales to see hammerheads, reef sharks, manta rays, turtles, and dolphins
  • Nitrox and courses available onboard

The Turks & Caicos Explorer liveaboard is a quality ship scheduling year-round dive trips to the pristine waters of Turks & Caicos. She caters to 20 guests in 10 ensuites and air-conditioned staterooms. Three cabins are located on the lower deck with twin bunk beds. On the main deck are 5 twin or queen-bed cabins, and the boat deck is home to the two VIP cabins. On the main deck is the air-conditioned main salon, where delicious dishes of a mix of locally inspired recipes, American favorites, and gourmet creations freshly prepared by the chef are served. Unlimited soda, juice, tea, coffee, and after diving, alcohol, beer, and wine are included during your stay. The flybridge covered seating area with a barbeque, wet bar, and helm station, and the sun deck has comfortable loungers for guests to relax.

Dive itineraries aboard the Turks & Caicos Explorer offer up to 5 dives per day, exploring the immense, flourishing coral reef ecosystem and spectacular wall diving in Turks and Caicos, including dive sites such as Black Coral Forest, Shark Hotel, G-Spot, and Double D. The dive deck has everything needed to make the trip as easy as possible, including individual gear lockers, camera table, recharging station and separate freshwater rinse tanks for dive equipment and cameras. Nitrox is also available for those certified. The Turks and Caicos Explorer adheres to Dive Green and Green Fins environmental management policies.

The experienced crew of 8 is ready and waiting to welcome you aboard the Turks & Caicos Explorer liveaboard. Book online today to reserve your space.

The captain, crew and staff of the Turks & Caicos Explorer II are operating at the highest safety standards to comply with the most up-to-date COVID-19 protocols to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests on board.

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Included: VAT, Alcoholic Beverages, Drinking Water, Soft drinks, Tea & Coffee, Full-Board Meal Plan (All meals), Snacks, Diving Package, Cabin Towels, Deck Towels.

Required Extras: Fuel Surcharge (200 USD per trip), Port Fees (95 USD), Visas and Fees.

Optional Extras: Gratuities, Airport Transfer (25 USD), Hotel Transfer, Nitrox (150 USD per week), Nitrox Course (175 USD), Rental Gear, Scuba Diving Courses (100-250 USD), Land Excursions, Snorkel Gear.

Book now, pay later: You can easily place your booking online. We will then hold the spaces for you and you can confirm with a payment later.

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Boat features

  • Camera Station
  • Audio & video entertainment
  • TV in cabins
  • Air Conditioned saloon
  • Aircon Cabins
  • Sun Deck
  • Indoor Saloon
  • Non-Diver (Snorkeler) Friendly
  • Warm Water Showers
  • Camera room with table and charging point
  • Custom built for diving
  • Charging stations
  • En-Suite bathrooms
  • Non-Smoking Rooms
  • Seaview Cabins
  • Snorkeling Equipment
  • Separate Rinse for u/w Camera
  • Dedicated Local & International Crew
  • Bar
  • BBQ Area
  • Available for Charter

Food & Drinks

  • Local Food
  • Vegetarian Options
  • Buffet style
  • Beer available
  • Snacks All Day
  • Free Wine w/Dinner
  • Vegan Options
  • Fine Wines Selection
  • Free Soft Drinks
  • Wine Available

If you have any specific dietary requirements whilst on-board your cruise, you can add this to your special requests on step 2 of the booking form. We advise limiting these requests to religious beliefs or food allergies.


  • DIN Adaptors
  • Nitrox available
  • Rinse Hoses
  • Dive deck
  • Shaded Diving Area

The crew speaks English.

Gear Rental

There is diving gear available on this boat. Please provide your rental needs on the booking form. See below for further details on inclusions and pricing. Show prices.

Drawings & Vessel Layouts

Turks and Caicos Explorer II Deck Plan floorplan

Boat Specifications

  • Year built 1995
  • Year renovated 2005
  • Length 124 feet
  • Beam 22 feet
  • Top speed 14 knots
  • Engines 2 x GM 12 V 71 450HP eac
  • Max guests 20
  • Number of cabins 10
  • Number of bathrooms 10
  • Tenders Yes
  • Water capacity 4'500 gallons
  • Fuel capacity 5'600 gallons
  • Freshwater maker 2 x 5'000 gallons per day

Boat Navigation and Safety

  • Radar
  • Depth Sounder
  • GPS
  • Radio VHF/DSC/SSB
  • Emergency Rafts
  • Life Vests
  • Oxygen
  • First Aid Kits
  • Emergency flares

Turks and Caicos Explorer Reviews

  • 9.1 Superb
  • 62 Verified Reviews
  1. Vessel
  2. Crew
  3. Food
  4. Diving
  5. Value
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Goksenin O
  • Turkey Turkey
Fantastic experience

We saw big animals on almost every dive. The crew was super kind and helpful and the food was plenty and delicious. The pre dive briefings were some of the best I have ever seen - very entertaining and useful. Night dives were especially breathtaking - never seen so many sharks hunting all at once, I might be spoiled after this trip!

Recommended for
Crew, food, sharks and dolphins
  • 6.4 Review score
  • jurek H
  • United States United States
Many available dives

Swarming of nurse and reef sharks and large lobsters on night dives. Very good visibility on most dives. Impressive steep walls starting at about 50 feet.

Recommended for
Cabin comfort, Shower and toilet, 27 dives
  • 9.6 Exceptional
  • Timothy S
  • United States United States
Comments from a liveaboard novice.

We were a little nervous about being "stuck" on a boat with no where to hide. Boy were we wrong. There was plenty of room to chill whenever you wanted. The crew was fantastic. Joe and her costumes and stories was a delight. But don't pass up the chance to talk with JF, the captain. He has led quite a life. Stan is the man in the kitchen. You won't go hungry. Before talking about the diving I have to once again commend the crew. I experienced a severe back spasm exiting the first dive. They did everything they could to get me back in the water. With their help I missed just three dives. We very quickly discovered the first difference between diving a liveaboard vs a day boat. We crossed paths with exactly one other group the entire week. We had each site all to ourselves. I enjoy taking time to look at the coral small fish. My dive buddy loves sharks. Neither of us was disappointed with the diving. We logged over 20 hours of bottom time and enjoyed every minute. Who knew that sharks just loved to play in the light of your flashlight during a night dive.

Recommended for
The crew, the diving and the boat
  • 10 Exceptional
  • United States United States
Wonderful crew, marvelous diving!

The main highlight of the trip was the diving (of course). The crew made every dive interesting and fun. Jo (female) wore a theme outfit for just about every dive she led, Chris often wore a theme outfit too. Joe (male) was quick to point out every tiny creature on the dives he led, he seemed to know just where each one hung out. I was nervous about night diving, Jo was attentive and watchful until she saw me relaxing in the dive. The food was excellent, we all looked forward to seeing what Stan would present next.

Recommended for
Diving, food, service
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Roland W
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Shed loads of sharks & brilliant.

as above!

Recommended for
Despite a lack of variety of sites, the diving & amount of life & critters was brilliant. Great food, & hot chocolate & warm towels after each night dive.
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Simon M
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom

In spite of losing 2 days due to stormy weather we had a great trip with 4 days diving. Enjoyed all the dives because its what I love doing, we had very close encounter with very friendly and large eagle ray,saw turtles every day,did 2 night dives and saw many nurse sharks night hunting so in spite of losing bit of time saw plenty!

Recommended for
Diving at night,Sea Life,Great Crew
  • 8.0 Very good
  • Tom L
  • United States United States
A wonderful week of enjoyable diving with a hard working crew!

Sharks and turtles on every dive. Jo was constant live entertainment!

Recommended for
Marine life; crew; uncrowded
  • 10 Exceptional
  • Douglas P
  • United States United States
Great trip, really a fun crew with lots of dives.

Really enjoyed the walls we dove on this trip, great sites! Dive guides were great and Jo was really fun with her costumes and edutainment regrading our dives. Chef Stan prepared snacks and meals that everyone loved and kept our energy up for the dives. Really nice not to need to set up dive gear for each dive. Simply unhook your reg and they fill your tank. Fun trip with great dives!

Recommended for
Great crew, food, dive sites.
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • craig R
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
Good diving but disappointing reefs.

Seeing 3 dolphins underwater

Recommended for
Jo, the dive guide (so much fun with her wacky outfits!); ease getting in and out of the water; friendly divers onboard
  • 8.8 Fabulous
  • Betty K
  • France France
Merveilleuse expérience, malgres quelques jours de temps médiocre, les plongées n'en ont pas soufferts.

La plus grande raie aigle que j'ai vue de ma vie, les requins (Caribbean reef et nurse) curieux. Les couchers et levés de soleil. Les éponges de toutes formes et couleurs.

Recommended for
L'équipage, l'ambiance et l'organisation