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Dive Review of Caicos Adventures/Comfort Inn in
Turks and Caicos/Providenciales

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Jack Hall, CA, USA
Report Number 2944
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
Caicos Adventures Turks and Caicos December 2005	

I felt really ambivalent about this trip . The diving was terrific and the
boat that Caicos Adventures uses is unquestionably one of the best laid-out
and best maintained that I have seen, but we felt like they pulled a fast
one on us for the pricing.  Nitrox was advertised on their web site as
being $9.00 per tank and yet they charged us $12 per tank.  When we told
them about it being on the web site, they said Oh- that was changed- I
guess they didnt get it changed on the web site  and they proceeded to
charge us the $12.00  per tank.  This was after they had consulted with
Mrs Fifi (the owners wife who runs the store operation and collects the
money). Fifi insists on no shoes on his boat, but the deck has a knobby
rubber surface which can hurt your feet.

If you plan on going to the Turks and Caicos- do it soon- it will soon be
the most overbuilt island in the Caribbean.  There was construction
everywhere, and a fine layer of dust from the construction overlays all of
the vegetation and cars.  There are six and eight story condos and hotels
going up all over the island.  The locals are understandably not real happy
about it all, and the general attitude towards tourists is one of  mild 
distrust and aloofness.  Food prices are quite high (we spent $100 for
dinner for two with one beer and no dessert), but you can get around that
by going to the local store and getting food in the deli section- they have
lots of variety and the prices are only about 25% higher than in the US. 
We stayed in The Comfort Inn, and the room was quite nice and the staff
were helpful.  Continental breakfast was included with the room which made
it handy because we could grab a quick banana, sweet roll and coffee before
leaving for the days diving- much handier than going to a restaurant and
waiting for service and cooking time.  Also convenient was the dive
operation- about 100 feet away from our room.  But that wouldnt really
matter much because Fifi (really Philippe, but he goes by Fifi) has a 12
passenger bus that he drives around to any hotel that has people who are
diving with him that day.  The whole pickup operation takes about 30

Most of the diving was deep- the top of the wall was often at 80 feet, so
the dives tended to be well under 60 minutes.  We were told that we are
adults- we should dive our own profile and observe reasonable safety
precautions- return with 500 pounds and stay above 130 feet but no one will
ne checking computers.  There was always a divemaster or two to show us
around if we wished, but there was no romper room  diving where we all
had to hold hands and stay together (as has been true at other islands). 
Visibility was awesome, and water temperatures were in the low 80s.  I am
glad to have gone, and I would advise it for anyone who has not gone, but I
think once will be enough for me.
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