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Dive Review of Caicos Adventures/Ocean Club West in
Turks and Caicos/Providenciales

August, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jim Thomas, OH, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4267
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Hawaii, Great Barrier Reef, Maldives, Red Sea, Fiji
Closest Airport
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Dive Conditions

Water Temp
83   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
General guidance about suggested depths on successive dives, but no
enforcement if you were competant.  Divemasters provided for those who
wanted a guided tour, which was helpful getting the most out of the dive.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Camera tank provided.  Lots of good subject material with very good
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This is a superb dive operation with a very competent and friendly staff. 
The boats were the by far the best non-liveaboards I've ever dived,
providing a very comfortable and enjoyable ride to the superb wall dives
which lie 40-60 minutes away.  I was there with my wife and her 2 teenage
daughters, who all obtained their AOW certification on this trip.  Emma,
their British instructor, is a former nanny, and it showed in the genuine
care she demonstrated throughout the training process.  All emerged much
stronger and more confident divers, while also having wonderful fun
throughout the process.  We also dove with Emma's husband Roger, who was a
terrific divemaster.  Together they exemplify the kind of staff that owner
Fifi Kunz hires: seasoned, extremely competent, but also friendly and fun. 
Kudoes also to Wes and Bea, another divemaster/instructor couple, and Asa,
who commanded the boat with authority and dry humor.  What makes this
operation stand out from other Providenciales groups is that their great
boats allow them to dive the outer walls of West Caicos and French Cay
every day.  We started each day with a deep wall dive (100 feet or so) with
beautiful, healthy coral, giant sponges, and a host of critters (usually a
shark or two, turtles, big groupers, lobsters, crabs, and lots of reef
fish).  Even the surface interval was fun, with baguette sandwiches and
chips offered and plenty of room in the sun or the shade, whatever your
preference.  The second (and third, on three-tank Thursdays) dives went to
60-70 feet, but still allowed a lot of wall action, as the top begins
around 30-40 feet (and drops over a mile).  During the girls' peak
performance bouyancy test, an over-friendly grouper and a reef shark
positioned themselves in the middle of the group with hilarious results.

Our accommodation was at the Ocean Club West, which was great, including a
full kitchen where we could prepare all breakfasts and lunches on nondiving
days.  The beach and pool were never crowded.  For dinners, a rental car is
a near necessity unless you want to confine yourself to walkable
restaurants.  Our favorites were Baci and Aqua in Turtle Cove.
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