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Dive Review of Dive Provo/Comfort Suites in
Turks and Caicos/Providenciales

September, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Lucius "Bud" Foster, MN, USA
Report Number 2963
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
California, Hawaii, Lake Superior MN, Jamaica, Bahamas, S. Florida &
Keys, Cozumel, Anguilla, Palau, Roatan Honduras, Saba, and Grand Cayman.  
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depth limits on the wall dives and must have computer or rent one.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 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  
Each boat has a big fresh water bucket for cameras only and a designated
table for cameras only large enought to keep a few cameras or work on them.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
We booked a package deal with Dive Provo and opted for the lesser expensive
hotels, which was the Comfort Suites that is right next door to the dive
shop.  This was my first time to Turkes & Caicos so I really did not
know what to expect.  What I learned was this, next time I will pay a
little more money to stay in a nicer place in Grace Bay instead of the
Comfor Suites.  The service was very poor and the staff just did not care
about anything but looking at the clock to see just how much time they had
left until there shift was over so they could go home.  The free
continental breakfast was bad and included watered down OJ, coffie, and
hard bread, period.  The dive operation and shop, Dive Provo
(, was excellent and run very professionally.  All of the
dive guides were instructors and very confident professionals.  They pick
you up each morning at what ever hotel your staying in a van with A/C, then
they proceed to the docks were the dive boats run out from.  The dive shop
is equipped with all the essentials for diving incase you forgot something
at home and are not over priced like many island dive shops.  I always
bring my own gear but could not get over what great shape there rental
equipment was in.  The boats were big comfortable and always had some kind
of fresh fruit, snacks, and drinks aboard.  I can't remember a day that it
was crowded.  The owner (Clare Jardine)assured me that they do not run
cattle boats.  The most divers were eight to a boat and they put two dive
guides in the water.  You could dive with a guide or feel free to dive your
own profile.  The diving was very good an simular to the good wall diving
off Bimini Bahamas.  The difference is, the coral, sponge, fans, and
aquatic life were in much better shape.  I spent six diving days and dived
off French Cay, Providenciales, West Caicos, Pine Cay, and North West Point
Providenciales.  Most of the time The visability was 120+ and at Jule's
Junction we saw a squadron of eagle rays swimming buy on the wall.  The
colors at most of the sites were spectacular for camera.  Day two was off
Providenciales at The Crack and Black Coral Forest.  These are both
excellent wall dives with plenty to see.  During the first morning dive a
mother and daughter pair keep staying a little low and long on the dive and
were not on nitrox like the rest of us.  I signaled to them a couple of
times to come up and level off to no avail.  By the second dive at Black
Coral Forest the mothers alarm went off on her computer and I noticed her
panic and start swiming at full speed for the surface, I turned real fast
to catch her and assist and as I turned the back of my leg rubbbed up
against fire coral from the back of the knee to the ankle.  I knew in an
instant that I had rubbed fire coral but had to stop this women from
freaking.  I got to her and offerd air and she stopped and showed me her
computer that was saying she was in Deco.  I calmed her down and signaled
her to wait until the dive guild got her.  I showed her that on her
computer she still had 1000 lbs of air and that I had a Buddy air bottle
and that seemed to calm her down.  Her Deco was saying 24 min deco at 20'.
Seconds later the dive guild was their who sent the other guild up (after
his 3 minuet safty stop) to get another bottle with regulator.  This all
happened within 90 seconds, then I swam under the boat and did my safty
stop in constant agony.  The fire coral that had rubbed my calf felt just
like it sounds, like a flame of a match was being held against my leg and
would not stop.  I can see why people say it can make a grown man cry.  IT
DID.   I had to compose myself and keep from wanting to bolt to the
surface.  It seemed like the longest safty stop I had ever taken and my leg
was killing me.  As soon as I got on the boat the capitain got me some
soulution to ease the pain, and it did slightly.  I had no real
complications after that except for minor swelling.  To sum it up, Turks
& Caicos is a very good dive destination with healthy coral, sponge,
fans, rays, sharks (especially "Nibbles The Shark" at
G-Spot)aquatic life, fish, etc. and has a wonderful varity of resturants
and resorts.  Ms. Jardine of Dive Provo was very concerened about how I
felt staying at Comfort Suites and assured me they have package agreements
with many other resorts in Providenciales and will look into my complaints
with Comfort Suites.   
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