Turks & Caicos Aggressor IITurks & Caicos liveaboard and humpback whales of Silver Bank
Accommodating a maximum of 18 guests in 9 spacious cabins, The Turks and Caicos Aggressor II is a 36m liveaboard providing comfort and luxury, along with a very well-trained crew offering the high standards of service synonymous with the Aggressor fleet.
The Turks & Caicos Aggressor II offers 7-night itineraries exploring the crystal-clear waters of Turks & Caicos from April to December, diving the sheer walls of Providenciales, West Caicos and French Caye that are adorned with gorgonian fans, crimson rope sponges, huge colourful elephant ear sponges and abundant macro life. French Caye offers a huge variety marine life such as scorpionfish, turtles, lobster, nurse sharks, eagle rays and much more.
In January the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II relocates to the Dominican Republic allowing guests to snorkel with Humpback Whales at Silver Bank. This Marine Sanctuary provides a safe wintering haven for the entire North Atlantic Humpback Whale population, who gather from January to April by the thousands to court, mate, calve and rear their young.
British Airways offer flights to Turks and Caicos twice a week with a touch-down in Nassau, which takes approximately 12 hours. Turks and Caicos itineraries operate from Saturday to Saturday, departing from Providenciales. Silver Bank – Snorkel with Humpback Whales itineraries operate from Saturday to Saturday, departing from Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic. British Airways and Tui offer direct flights to Dominican Republic, which takes approximately 10 hours.
Turks and Caicos Itinerary 7 nights – Twin Cabin from USD $3295 pp*
Silver Bank Itinerary 7 nights – Twin Cabin from USD $4495 pp*
Includes: 7 nights’ accommodation, airport transfer, full-board meal plan, snacks, fruit juices, soft drinks, iced water, iced tea, coffee, and a limited selection of local beer and wine, up to 5 dives per day, tank/weights, cabin towels, complimentary toiletries, deck towels.
Package excludes: international flights, overnight hotel stays, each guest must pay a $110 (7-nights) per person bed tax to be collected onboard at the end of the charter, fuel surcharge of $150 pp (7-nights) to be collected onboard, Nitrox (unlimited Nitrox is $100 per week), crew gratuities.
*Price shown is for guide purposes only and is based on low season travel and for twin share accommodation. Please contact us for a confirmed cost based on your preferred duration and time of travel.
Quick Guide: Turks and Caicos Aggressor II
- 36m length
- Max 18 passengers
- 9 cabins – 1 Master stateroom, 6 Deluxe double/twin staterooms and 2 Twin staterooms
- Recommended diver level: Advanced Open Water
Accommodation & Facilities
Accommodation & Facilities
Accommodation on board the Turks and Caicos Aggressor II includes a spacious master stateroom for couples which has a comfortable queen bed, 6 deluxe staterooms with a double and single berth and 2 twin staterooms with 2 single beds and a shared bathroom. All cabins are air-conditioned and have a porthole window, TV, media player, full shower and bathroom, hairdryer, cabin towels, complimentary toiletries and deck towels.
For relaxing between dives there is a partially covered sundeck with loungers, deck chairs, hot tub, wet bar and grill located on the top deck, alternatively you can choose the large air-conditioned saloon/dining area where you will find a TV, DVD, music player and complete photo centre with photo editing computer and digital video.
A huge variety of freshly prepared dishes are served throughout the day, combining Caribbean and global favourites with something to suit every taste, plus exotic fruit, freshly baked bread and gourmet desserts. Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style, and evening meals have a waiter service. Alcoholic and soft drinks are complimentary during trips and on the final evening you can enjoy a crew-hosted cocktail party.
Diving is from the main vessel and the large platform and boarding ladders were designed for convenience to allow divers easy entries and exits. The spacious dive deck has plenty of room for every diver on board, together with individual equipment lockers, camera table and two fresh water showers and hot towels.
For Silver Bank itineraries, snorkelling is from one of two 17ft long tenders allowing closer access to the whales. They are fitted with a dive ladder for easy exiting and are fully covered for sun protection.
Turks & Caicos highlights
French Cay – Double D
Simply described as a “Garden of Eden”, the wall is overgrown, and there is an abundance of marine life. There are two huge coral mounds teeming with fish. A resident spotted scorpion fish often poses for photographers. Spotted eagle rays are often seen here.
French Cay – G-Spot
An absolutely beautiful wall with many huge, deep-water gorgonians and orange elephant ear sponges growing at the wall’s edge.
French Cay – Rock and Roll
The top of the wall is at 40 feet, and there are plenty of barrel sponges, elkhorn, and pillar corals. Juvenile barracuda and lobsters are spotted during the day. This a great afternoon and night dive.
French Cay – West Sand Spit
(5 miles south of French Cay) The wall starts at 40 feet and is covered with huge coral formations—pillar corals, barrel sponges, and deep-water gorgonians. Look for nurse sharks, French angels, ocean triggerfish, and huge stingrays. This site is weather permitting.
Northwest Point – Black Coral Forest
The walls starts at 45 feet and drops to below 300 feet. There is an overhang where at least five species of black coral are growing. The base of the overhang is at 75 feet.
Northwest Point – Shark Hotel
Named for the Caribbean reef sharks sometimes seen cruising by, the wall levels of at 90 feet at a plateau covered with plate corals. At 100 feet, a chimney cuts through the reef exiting at 130 feet on the deep wall with lots of pillar coral on top of the wall.
Northwest Point – The Crack
The wall doglegs to the south forming a huge penny slot crack that divers can swim and exit at any time. A massive barrel sponge with an anemone above it is at 85 feet. Divers can swim to the south where you may encounter schooling fish and a resident sea turtle.
Northwest Point – The Dome
Once the site of a French television game show, this sunken dome offers a spectacular night dive.
West Caicos – Driveway
One of the most diverse dive sites along West Caicos, the boat is moored in 35 feet of water offering the options of swimming to the wall over “the Driveway”, a large sand chute, or cruising on top of the wall in shallower water where there are many interesting isolated coral heads. There are anemones growing in the shallows at only 5-10 feet of water depth.
West Caicos – Gullies
Divers can swim through a penny slot gully that starts at 45 feet and ends at 75 feet where there are beautiful sponge formations at the edge of the wall and schooling fish on top of the wall.
West Caicos – Rock Garden Interlude
This wall is divided into sections with large and beautiful sponge formations. Divers encounter friendly sea turtles and spotted scorpion fish. The sand flat on top of the wall has several nice coral heads and fascinating but shy garden eels.
West Caicos – The Anchor/Whiteface
Called “Whiteface” for the white sandy cliffs along West Caicos, this site provides a swim- through gully with a 17th century anchor wedged in the north side. A beautiful, large white anemone sits at about 95 feet at the base of the gully. Divers keep an eye out for the resident reef shark who is not camera shy and enjoy great night dives with lobsters, octopuses, and nurse sharks.
Silver Bank Itinerary
Saturday: Boarding is at 4 p.m. with a 9:30pm departure to Silver Bank.
Sunday: Arrival in Silver Bank is around 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting. Brunch/late breakfast while crew prepares mooring and assembly of the tenders. The first tender runs begin at 2:00 p.m. (2 tenders running). Afternoon tenders return to the yacht at approximately 5:00 p.m.
Monday -Thursday: First tender runs will commence after breakfast at 8:30 am. Whale runs are throughout the day. “Sundowner” cocktail parties are hosted on the sun deck every afternoon following whale runs. Nightly presentations and videos will be after dinner.
Friday: The yacht returns to the Ocean World Marina in Puerto Plata late Friday afternoon. Friday night, dinner is not served onboard; however, the crew will recommend a restaurant in the marina.
Saturday: Check out is between 7 –8 am
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