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

Caicos Adventures/The Sands, Jul, 2002,

by Michael Kamens, Ohio, USA . Report 22.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Offered option to dive on own with computer and buddy with little to no restrictions or to follow divemaster on computer.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

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