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Dive Review of Big Blue & Dive Provo/Allegro in
Turks and Caicos/Provo

August, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Kris Cummings, IN, USA
Report Number 683
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
I have been to Cozumel 5 times, Hawaii; Oahu 5 times & The Big Island
and worked for Jack's Dive Locker for a few months, Grand Cayman 3 times, a
Black Beards Liveaboard, Bahamas 3 times, 
Key Largo, Turks and Caicos. 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Each diver must have a dive computer.
Try to stay above 100'
Be on the boat with 500psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
My dives with Dive Provo were geared for photographers.
I still take photo's using film and heavy high output Ikelite strobes.
My equipment takes up a lot more room than these new compact digital
beauties. My video equipment takes up less room so I switched to shooting
video for the remainder of the trip to allow more room for the other
Diving with Big Blue I had all the room I wanted for my equipment.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
I went on this trip with a dive group of about 130 people.
We were all lined up to dive ahead of time with a specific group on
specific boats with Dive Provo. The boats were plenty big enough to
accommodate 20 divers but not 20 camera systems.
I also went to Provo to complete my semi-closed Rebreather certification. I
lined this up through O2 Technical with my instructor being John Garvin.
The Dive operation that O2 technical uses is Big Blue. I purchased my own
Drager Dolphin Rebreather and took it with me to get certified with John
Garvin. I then started using the Rebreather to enhance my photographs and
I started getting greatly improved videos immediately. An example was being
face to face, within inches of each other a 6 foot Caribbean Reef Shark.
Big Blue and O2 Technical are some of the best people in the dive business
I have dealt with during my 18 years of diving.

The Allegro Resort was fine, I highly recommend getting reservations at
either of the 2 onsite restaurants as the restaurants are superior to the
buffet. The pool is first class, with water volley ball being the sport
after a long morning of diving.
Diver's have time for breakfast prior to diving and will return in time to
still have a leisurely lunch before the buffet is taken down to begin
preparing for dinner. 
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