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Dive Review of Caicos Adventures/Royal West Indies in
Turks and Caicos/Provo

July, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by craig grube, VA, US
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Report Number 7674
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
hawaii, tahiti, belize, little cayman, costa rica, florida keys
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
83   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
First dive max depth 70-80', second dive 60-70'.  Dive with DM and turn
around when first person has 1500 psi.  start safety stop when at 600-700
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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Boat Facilities
5 stars
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dedicated rinse bucket. ...
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Overall Rating

Value for $$
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4 stars   
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Caicos Adventures continues to have one of the best dive boats we have ever
been on.  Lots of space, smooth ride, great upper deck for viewing, nice
bathroom.  We generally had 17-20 divers on board but never felt too
crowded.  We were broken into groups of 5-7 divers, but not given the
option to  ...
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By woodca at Jul 24, 2014 09:42 EST  
My son and I did 15 dives with Caicos Adventures in 2009. We dived without
the DM on all dives. I'm surprised the policy would have changed, that
would be disappointing, are you sure of this? We had a great time diving
West Caicos and French Cay and generally saw multiple Reef Sharks on most
dives, with a particularly good encounter at Boat Cove. All our dives were
between 60-70 minutes.
By woodca at Jul 24, 2014 14:19 EST  
The Caicos Adventures website states diving without the DM is allowed:

"Beginner divers will get the needed attention and devotion from a
friendly and willing dive-master whom will help you from beginning to end
(equipment organization and setup, water entry, during dive); while
experienced and advanced divers will get the freedoms they desire from a
knowledgeable dive masters (or they can partner amongst themselves)."
By grube at Jul 24, 2014 17:26 EST  
Many things in diving have changed since 2009.  I have been diving with
Caicos Adventures since 2004.  In fact, in April 2014 they let me buddy
dive.  This time they seemed like they wanted the groups to stay
together.....maybe it was the number of divers on the boat or maybe it was
newer DMs.  I can only report what i experienced.
By woodca at Jul 24, 2014 18:27 EST  
Thanks Craig, this is important information. Being able to dive
independently would be important to me, I would confirm with the operator
prior to booking. What else has changed? I see they run their Thursday 3
tanker from their smaller boat, Hercules rather than off Caicos Cat. But,
they do advertise that they run, at least some, drift dives during this
trip.Did you do the 3 tanker during your visit? Anything else change in a
significant way since my visit?

Apppreciatively, Craig
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