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Dive Review of Caicos Adventures/Royal West Indies in
Turks and Caicos/Providenciales

October, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Laurie Gneiding, NJ, USA
Report Number 1410
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Little Cayman; Cozumel; Cancun; Bonaire; Belize; Tortola, BVI; Dominica;
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
1st dive:  85 feet; 2nd dive:  75 feet; 3rd dive:  65 feet.  Follow the
dive guide - first one w/1500 psi then all turn around and head for the
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
5 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  
No table on small boat for photography set-up; however, a rinse tank was
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
We spent the first week of October with Caicos Adventures, totalling 13
dives in six days.  Overall, it is a great operation.  You do not touch
your equipment from the moment it arrives onboard - everything is set up
for you for diving and then rinsed at the end of the day. Fills were
routinely between 3000 and 3500 psi.  Nitrox available. During our first 10
dives, the large cat was in dry dock getting its driveshaft fixed and the
smaller cat was used.  Not a problem with five divers but for a few days,
we had 10 divers and two divemasters.  Conditions were "cozy" to
say the least.  The small boat also did not do much to absorb the bouncing
during the 45 minute ride to West Caicos.  Fresh water and Gatorade are
available and lunch is a large, if somewhat unimaginative ham/cheese or
turkey sandwich from the local IGA.  The last day of our diving (the 3-tank
day) the big catamaran was back in the water with Fifi as the captain.  And
what a difference!  It's HUGE!  Lots of room for divers and equipment and
sunbathing during surface intervals.  Snacks served in between dives and
lunch upgraded to sandwiches with pesto pasta salad and a bag of chips. 
Due to recent hurricanes, visibility was less than spectacular - 40-60
feet.  Unfortunately, lots of silt on reef and evidence of broken
corals/sponges on shallow reefs, especially in Grace Bay.  West Caicos
fared better and the U/W life was incredible!  Many huge lobster and crabs
as well as tiny cleaner shrimp and arrow crabs.  Gargantuan Nassau
groupers!  Many southern stingrays and spotted morays.  Angelfish, hogfish,
tang, wrasse, and many other fish were in great abundance.  At least one
Caribbean reef shark on each dive and usually several.  On the day of
diving, we had two hawksbill turtles, six sharks, and a manta ray.  The
reef ecology is in great shape as we noticed the entire spectrum of life,
i.e., fry, juveniles, adults, and large fish.
Kenard, Asa, and Rich were very helpful and gracious divemasters. My only
complaint (and this goes for many other operations throughout the
Caribbean) is that reef fragility was not sufficiently stressed.  Certain
divers in our group dragged their way across the bottom knocking over
sponges and corals and no one was corrected until we suggested it later to
the divemasters.  
The Royal West Indies Resort was immaculate and spacious.  We had a
one-bedroom condo with the full kitchen.  Given that restaurants are very
expensive and taxis even more so, we opted to get the ($20) shuttle to the
local IGA and stock up for the week.  If you go to this resort, ask for the
rooms that are NOT adjacent to the Club Med.  We were kept up late nearly
every night with their incessant loud music.
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