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Dive Review of Caicos Adventures/The Sands in
Turks and Caicos/Providenciales

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Kamens, Ohio, USA
Report Number 22
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Offered option to dive on own with computer and buddy with little to no
restrictions or to follow divemaster on computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
I had read the previous chapbook reviews on Fifi and his Caicos Adventures
and was expecting a one of a kind dive trip.  Unfortunately a lot has
changed over the past year or so.  While I expected small groups at
pristine sites and superior customer service, I was discouraged to end up
on a boat with close to 30 divers making for a typical cattle boat
experience.  The boat was chaotic, the diving crowded and frankly aside
from one fantastic dive master (Canard), the service was very poor.  The
fish life was not quite what was advertised either.  We saw a couple reef
sharks and two beautiful eagle rays, but there was little activity on the
reefs and the vis was at best 75 feet or so.  The walls seemed healthy but
not void of damage and were very monotone in their appearance.  As
advertised we dove exclusively off West Caicos and French Cay.  On our last
day, the boat was reduced to a total of 8 divers (as I expected for the
whole trip) and while the sites were not earth shattering, at least we were
able to enjoy the dives without seeing more humans that fish.  My guess is
that success has changed Caicos Adventures into another run of the mill
dive operation and that is a shame.   

The Sands was fantastic on the other hand.  The facilities were clean and
the staff attentive and very pleasant.  They have a gorgeous pool and
landscaped grounds that made for relaxing afternoons.  They offer free
usage of hobey cats and non-motorized water sport equipment and the beach
was breath taking.
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