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Dive Review of Big Blue Unlimited/Sands At Grace Bay in
Turks and Caicos

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Gregory Oppenhuizen, MI, USA
Reviewer   (3 reports)
Report Number 436
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
You were given Carte Blanche freedom to dive within your experience,
training, and confidence with conditions.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
I did not observe a dip tank on the boat, but there was space on the boat
to securely place cameras as well as a functional fresh water shower.The
biggest advantage for photographers is an unlimited dive profile.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Big Blue Unlimited is a very good operation for divers who prefer to dive
their own profile. You may stay down until you are ready to come up (60+
min). I would recommend nitrox for this area to increase your no deco
limit, since most of the diving is in 50-80 ft with no shallow 15-30 ft
reef.For experienced divers, you can do your own thing and nobody will
hassle you or for novices you can be guided.

The boat is a 39 ft twin hull design well suited for diving and in good
repair. They provide soft drinks, sandwiches, fruit and snacks.The food is
good since many sights are nearly an hour away.You leave at 8:20 AM and may
return as late as 2:30 PM for two tanks.

Big Blue takes no more than eight divers but does charge about 10% more
than the other dive operations which may carry 20+ "guided"
divers. BB dives all the sights including the nice sights around Provo
which I found as good or better than West Caicos and French Cay. I enjoyed
"Football Field" and "Northwest Point" best, both of
which are off Provo. I dove for 7 days.

The dive personal were friendly, capable and equiped to assist with modest
technical problems.

The Sands At Grace Bay is a nice resort with its own restaurant less than
10 years old. It is somewhat expensive, but all prices in Provo are nearly
comparable to Grand Cayman. A typical fish entree will be $22-29. With
soup, salad, and wine expect nothing less than $50/person for dinner. You
can do sandwiches and beer for quite a bit less or go to IGA the first day
and get light food, beer and wine, or bring your own wine with you.

The Sands provides a shuttle for a fee (they claim less than the taxi) to
restaurants and stores although there is complimentary pickup and return to
the airport.
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