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Dive Review of Dive Provo/Sibonne in
Turks and Caicos/Providenciales

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Greg Yarnik, IL, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 1263
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Bonaire, Puerto Rico, Anguilla, Aruba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
depth limits on walls, divers had to either own or rent a computer  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Boats provided camera-only rinse bath and segregated shelving for camera
and equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
While there are no "dive resorts" per se on Provo, one
established shop, Dive Provo, has entered into agreements with several
Grace Bay hotels to provide specially-priced multi-day dive packages. We
chose a 6-day dive package at a small, well-appointed,
"boutique"(their term) resort called Sibonne, with only 29 rooms
and a friendly, attentive staff with on-site restaurant and bar. They have
probably the best and most low-key beach location on Grace Bay, away from
the larger Club Med and Beaches resorts. Our oceanfront room(50-step walk
to the beach) was part of a recently-built new wing of the resort and was
large and bright, with air conditioning, safe, large fridge, and all the
necessary amenities. Dive Provo picked us up at the hotel each a.m. for
10-15 minute trip to the harbor, where the boats were loaded(10-12 divers
on average) for trips to either West Caicos or Provo's distant Northwest
Point. A shallower reef site in Grace Bay is usually the first dive site
chosen when new divers arrive, presumably so that Dive Provo staff can
assess divers' skills and experience before traveling to the deeper,
distant wall sites of West Caicos and Northwest Point. Dive Provo staff
were mostly professional, skilled and knowledgeable(esp. Lucy, Sam, Jules,
and Chris). They provided my wife with much-appreciated personal assistance
entering/exiting the water, as she is healing from recent knee surgery.
Exceptions were a couple of younger guides who need a bit more seasoning
and experience as they were a bit detached from their work and the other
divers and didn't seem to know a whole lot about the underwater
environment. Dive briefings were minimal and not very detailed, but some
divemasters often took time below to point out interesting critters. You
had the option of diving with a buddy on your own profile if you desired.
Everone was urged to return to the boat with no < 500 psi in their tank.
One unique policy was that eveyone who dived had to have a computer, either
their own, or one rented from Dive Provo. This policy likely exists because
nearly all sites are wall sites with 100'+ profiles just above the
7000'-deep Caicos Trench. The 42' boats were excellent, roomy and stable
for the hour-long+ trips to distant sites. Snacks/drinks were provided and
everyone's gear is stored, rinsed, and set-up each day by Dive Provo for
the duration of their package. I know many divers wouldn't risk having
someone else set up their gear, but a quick reg/valve/connection check
prior to donning greatly reduces the chance for error. We had absolutely no
problems and viewed this service as a welcome departure from most dive
operators. Viz was a bit lower than expected, but heavy
plankton/productivity did attract spotted eagle rays, stingrays, turtles,
sharks, and spotted dolphins(a highlight were the 3-4 dozen dolphins that
played in our boat wake for 30 minutes on our trip back to harbor on the
last dive day--thanks to Captain Lucy for slowing up and letting us enjoy
the encounter as long as possible). All in all, Dive Provo is recommended
for their overall professionalism and well-run operation. Although several
staffers are young and inexperienced, most are knowledgeable and confident.
Boat quality is exceptional and the Provo-area diving was better than
expected with large pelagics common and reef habitats in good to very good
condition, depending on the site.             
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