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Dive Review of Caicos Adventures/The Sands at Grace Bay in
Turks and Caicos/Provo

October, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Art Burke, TX, United States
Report Number 2154
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Caymans, Bonaire, Belize, Maldives, Tahiti, Seycelles
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deeper than 100ft, return with 500psi, do a safety stop, perfer that you
use computer. Could follow DM or dive on your own.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boat has a camera table and a place for storage to keep items dry. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
Oct 1-8, 2005 Diving with Caicos Adventures was a wonderful experience. My
wife and I dive routinely, however, this time we also had our 2 daughters
with us that had not dove for some time due to conflicts with school and
other social events.  The crew on-board the CAT 54, Andy and Asa, were
excellent. Both took their time to discuss the dive and showed the sites
underwater. Nothing was rushed and as long as we had sufficient air we
stayed down.  Upon exit, they handled the equipment for the next dive and
even washed the gear down when we left it overnight for the next day
diving.  The double hull catamaran was roomy with easy giant stride entry
and ladders for exit. The head was large, a favorite for the women, and the
front of the vessel allowed for sunbathing during the surface interval or
while in transit. The boat is built for divers. They also had a safety stop
bar at 15ft and a regulator hanging next to it in case you needed it to
make your 3 min. safety stop.  We did 2 dives a day and we went to West
Caicos and French Cay  no other boats were around so we had the ocean to
ourselves.  We saw sharks, rays, turtles, eels, groupers and the usual reef
fish. The dives were 60-90 ft. maximum depth and normally averaging 45-65
ft. throughout the dive. Water temperature was 82-85 F at depth in early
October.  There was healthy coral, shear walls, large barrel and tube
sponges.  Several dives had current but that made the return trip fun.  The
visibility was good  70+ ft on most dives.  We had sandwiches between
dives and plenty of water and Gatorade on board. We brought watermelon,
which was a great hit with the divemasters.  Fifi, the owner and captain,
picked us up each day at the hotel at 8:15am and we normally returned by
3ish depending how far we went out to dive. Caicos Adventures is very
customer focused in which they tried to ensure we had great dive sites and
saw different varieties of fish and reefs. It was truly a wonderful diving
experience.  We stayed at The Sands on Grace Bay condos in Provo, which is
about 5 years old and very well maintained. We had a 2 bedroom condo for
the 4 of us and it was excellent. Our unit had full kitchen, washer/dryer
and a large porch with views of the pool and beach. There is a business
center with computer and Internet. Also there is free wireless Internet if
you have your own laptop.  The pools were large and cool; the beach has
fine white powdered sand with umbrellas.  There is not a reef in front of
the condo so it is just a sand bottom. We went down to the Coral Gardens
hotel where there is a public beach and was able to snorkel around the
reef. They had it roped off so you could not swim over all of it, but it
was nice enough to get pictures of reef fish, turtle and even a nurse
shark. The restaurant onsite, Hemmingways, was very good. We also went to
the Tiki Hut and Bay Bistro, both were excellent as well but Tiki Hut was
best.  We rented a vehicle the last couple of days to sightsee. We found a
secluded beach, Sunset Bay, which had a nice beach and view of the sunset,
hence its name. There is lots of new construction in process in Provo with
one condo trying to out do the other.  Restaurants, gifts and food were
reasonable  when considering its an island. All goods are sold in US
Dollars so we did not have to be concerned about currency exchange rates.
It is definitely a place we would return to and without a doubt we would be
diving with Caicos Adventures. 
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