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Dive Review of Caicos Adventures/Caribbean Paradise Inn in
Turks and Caicos

November, 2012, an Instant Reader Report by Brent Barnes, OK, US
Sr. Reviewer   (10 reports, with 3 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6770
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None strictly enforced  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
No camera table or dedicated area for cameras. A single camera rinse bucket
was present but was not large enough for my SLR system. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
Returned from a very nice 5 day dive trip to Providenciales of the Turks
and Caicos staying in the Caribbean Paradise Inn and diving with Caicos
Adventures. I contacted Caicos Adventures by email in advance and their
response was rapid and they answered all questions I had. We did a
diving/accomodation package with the Caribbean Paradise Inn through Caicos
Advedtures. Provo is abosuletely full of high-end condos and is a very
expensive island. The Caribbean Paradise Inn was far away the cheapest of
the accomodations that Caicos Adventures had packages for and we found it
to be a good deal for the money. The rooms were very basic but clean. The
air-conditioning functioned very well and they had cable TV with many
channels. There was a small pool and the Inn is small with only about 16
units and there were only a few people there during our stay. They have a
nice balcony for drying scuba items as needed. Breakfast was included in
our package and included eggs, bacon, toast and fresh fruit each morning,
we simply had to notify the staff what time we wanted breakfast the next
morning. Caicos Adventures picked us up at 8:10 AM each morning in an
air-conditioned van and drove us the 20 minutes or so to their marina
picking up other divers on the way. The dive operation was superb and I had
only two complaints about Caicos Adventures. Normally, they have an
outstanding large catamaran that is a very nice dive boat with lots of
space. However, the boat was having its engines replaced the whole week
that we were there so we dove on their smaller boat. We had 7 - 9 divers
each day with 3 crew, and this boat should really be limited to 6 divers.
It was quite crowded with that many divers and we literally had no room to
move or for all of us to make any attempts to get out of the sun during the
surface interval. Again, this was likely bad timing as their major boat was
out for a few days getting its engines replaced and we would have had
plenty of space if we were on their larger dive boat. My other complaint is
that they limit to a single 2-tank boat dive per day. As the sites are 30 -
40 minutes away, they simply do not have time to do morning and afternoon
dives each day. They do reportedly offer a 3-tank trip each Thursday which
we had signed up for and requires a minimum of 5 divers to go, but they
cancelled it as they only had their one boat functioning so we did the
standard 2-tank trip that day. They did promptly refund us the cost
difference when asked. The diving was superb, and compares favorably to
most Caribbean places. Virtually all diving by Caicos Adventures is done on
the walls of West Caicos, French Cay and Northwest Point. We did 3 days of
diving and they took us to each of their three major diving areas. All the
diving was excellent but we found West Caicos to be the best. Dive sites
were 30 - 40 minutes by boat. A nice briefing was done and divers were then
allowed to dive the profile of their choice. A guide was in the water but
you were allowed to dive your own profile if you wanted and as
photographers we generally did our own exploring on the wall. The vis was
generally 80 - 120 feet on the walls. We saw at least 2 - 3 Caribbean Reef
sharks on every dive at West Caicos and Northwest Point and had several
close encounters with friendly hawksbill turtles. My favorite dive by far
was The Gully at West Caicos. We had at least six Caribbean Reef sharks for
that dive circling very closely for most of the dive allowing great photo
opportunities. There was a school of several hundred horse-eyed jacks right
under the boat also. The walls are stunning with healthy coral and large
amounts of gorgonians and black coral. Fish life is healthy as they have
had protected marine sanctuaries for many years. Caicos Adventures served
turkey or ham sandwiches on the boat each day which was included in the
package. They had lemonade or water to drink. They would rinse and store
your gear each night and have it set up for you the next day. We ate out
for dinner each night. I did love Providenciales but the island is very
expensive. The cost of diving and lodging is well above average for the
Caribbean, on par with the Cayman Islands with 2-tank dive trips averaging
over $100. There were many good restaurants withing one-half mile of our
hotel making a rental car unnecessary as we simply walked to restaurants
each night. We ate at Pizza Pizza one night which was the cheapest of
options but was still $75 for two large pizzas, two salads, two soft drinks
and bottled water. Our final night we ate at the Coboya which is right at
the Caribbean Paradise Inn. It is extremely expensive but outstanding with
an internationally renowned chef. Count on over $100 per person for a
salad, entree and dessert with gratuity. Again, the island is very
expensive, but the benefit of that was virtually no crime and no beggars or
homeless people at all. I will certainly return to Provo and will branch
into diving trips to Grand Turk and Salt Cay also. 
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