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Dive Review of Provo Turtle Divers in
Fiji and Tuvalu

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by James Bayley, MA, USA
Report Number 1621
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cayman, Seychelles, Cozumel, BVI, Bonaire, all over
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

rainy, cloudy  
Water Temp
78   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
1 stars   
1 stars    
We have been diving off and on in Provo since the early 1980's and helped
find some of the original dive sites.  Diving with Art Pickerings Provo
Turtle Divers had always been the best.  Sadly, I report that sometime
recently, he sold his operation and now works as a fill-in.   The new
owners have changed his personal attention type of diving and now run a
cattle car, high volume, tourist oriented dive operation.  I am an
instructor with >1000 dives and my sons are new to diving.  None of us
had a good time.  The "dive guides" treated me as a novice,
requiring me to check out and prove my abilities.  They failed to lead the
dive, never pointed out any critters, supervised too many divers, and
actually yelled at my sons for not paying attention, when they in fact were
nowhere to be seen.  I had to confront one of the "guides" when
she inappropriately criticized my son for her lack of supervision.  The
only good thing I have to say about Provo Turtle Divers is that the
management was prompt in their response to my criticism and fired her on
the spot.

On a more broad note, Provo is not what it was.  Development is rampant. 
Traffic jams are commonplace.  People are surly.  If any readers are
thinking of going back to Provo after an absence, I urge them to go
elsewhere.  Diving in Provo will be a big disappointmnent.
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