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

Cactus Voyager/Coral Gardens, Apr, 2003,

by Bill Stacy, IN, USA . Report 437.

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

Weather windy Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your own profile,130 max
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments Small rinse tank available onboard but no table

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments 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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