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Dive Review of Caicos Adventure/Grandview Condominiums in
Turks and Caicos/Providenciales

December, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by David Dornbusch, California, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 3790
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Sipidan/Kapalai, Fiji, Great Barrier Reef, Alor/Indonesia,
Tonga, Tahiti, Red Sea, British Virgins, Cozumel, Roatan, Bahamas, Belize,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Advised max of 90 feet first dive, 70 feet second, but did not enforce
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Caicos Adventure is an excellent dive operation.  Donna and her
reservation/logistics staff are cordial, efficient, and responsive to
inquiries and arrangement requests.  Fifi chooses excellent dive sites
according to tides and currents.  He and his boat and dive crews are
congenial, efficient and very safety conscious.  The two boats have large
and clean restrooms.  The larger boat is reasonably comfortable for the 15
or so divers that were on board each day.  However, the smaller boat is not
comfortable for more than about 8-9 divers, although as many as 14-15 were
on board twice during our 6 days of diving.  However, maximum of six in any
dive group.  Water and a gatorade-type were the only drinks on the boat,
but were plentiful.  Between dives lunch was either a turkey or ham
sandwich (turkey and tuna on Friday).  Nothing to eat after the dives. 
Inexperienced divers are well guided.  Experienced divers are free to do
their own thing or follow a dive master.  Everyone must use a computer. 
The nearest dive sites are about a 40+ minute boat ride, but well worth the
trip.  Corals, wide variety of invertebrates (magnificent sponges), and
fish are about as diverse and plentiful as anywhere I've found in the
Caribbean.  However, pick-up and drop-off from/to our lodging was a fairly
tedious 45-minute bus ride, because we were at the eastern-most end of
Grace Bay, and therefore were first on and last off.

Trip highlight was an evidently rare visit from a 20-22 ft. whale shark
that cruised back and forth through our group for about 30 minutes,
swimming within arm's reach on each pass.  Aisa, one of the boat captains,
said it was only the second hed seen in six years.  Spotted eagle rays and
lobster on nearly every dive.  Turtles every other day.  Some dolphins,
sting rays, a few sharks, morays, barracuda, a large spotted drum, many
grouper (one who loved to be petted), schools of jacks and all the usual
reef fish, even a lion fish.

Stayed in a very comfortable condo in the 18-unit Grandview.  Restaurants
very good, but many quite expensive.  Shopped at a well stocked IGA
supermarket and a local lobster retailer, making our own huge breakfasts
and a couple of dinners.  Best restaurant food we found was at the Caicos
Cafe.  Much better than the touted Anacaona, Coco Bistro, or Coyaba, and
for 2/3rds the price.

A few biting bugs just after sunset; otherwise, bug-free.  Some high octane
deet kept most away, and Afterbite quickly took care of any damage from the
few that got through.

80-degree water makes 3 mm. wetsuits my recommended minimum.  5 mm. would
have been better for my wife.  One dive master wore a hood.  He and another
wore 7 mm. wetsuits.
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