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Dive Review of Cactus Voyager/Coral Gardens in
Turks and Caicos/Providenciales

April, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Bill Stacy, IN, USA
Report Number 437
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman,Little Cayman,Bahamas,Roatan,Utila, Hawaii,BVI, US, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive your own profile,130 max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Small rinse tank available onboard but no table
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
Coral Gardens is a small condominium type resort right on Grace Bay with
excellent snorkeling at your front door. Matthew Williams the owner of
Cactus Voyager,is a friendly knowledgeable Britt, willing to help with any
and all diving, sailing, snorkeling, beach picnics, watersports rental and
just about anything to do in the Islands. The entire staff at Coral Gardens
was very friendly and helpful.They would go out of their way to make your
stay most enjoyable.The restuarant on the premises was excellent but
pricey. They need a restuarant/bar on the beach to handle breakfast and
lunch with some simple entrees. A cocktail on the beach would be nice also.
To get to other restuarants on the island requires a cab or rental car.Most
cab rides are $10.00 and rental cars about $55.00 per day.Some of the other
resturants we visited were a small local hang out called Go Fish, try their
cracked conch and cole slaw. The Tiki Hut which has everything from bugers
and fries to gormet.
The diving arranged by Matthew (Cactus Voyager) was a short Land Rover ride
to Caicos Adventures. Diving was aboard a custom 43 foot Catamaran that
even with 24 divers on board was never crowded.Phillipe the owner/captain
and his crew are excellent.It is one of the best run operations I have ever
dove with.They will give you as much help as you require and let you dive
your own profile.Tanks always filled to 3000 and changed for you between
dives. Ample food and drink on board, as well as a freah water shower and
head.Boat rides were normally 45 min to an hour but well worth it and very
comfortable. Great place to stay if one spouse or partner is not a
diver.Everyone made you feel welcome and at home
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