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

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Marshall Welch, WA, USA
Report Number 2971
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, Southern California
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
I think they required everyone to have a computer- rentals or loaners were
available. Divers w/o a buddy were supposed to follow along with a
divemaster. This was fine with me. I think they had maximum depth limits;
they seemed reasonable for the sites we dived.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Dedicated camera rinse tank; reasonably-sized dedicated camera table. 
In my opinion, day trips from shore-based dive operations don't compare
with a live-aboard for photography. I was boarding the Aggressor for a
week-long photo course trip after these two days of diving, so didn't set
up my camera equipment for these dives. A few of the divers had cameras and
seemed to have no problems.  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
As far as I'm concerned, Dive Provo is the only two words I need to know as
far as shore-based diving on Provo. Seemed like a professional, well-run
operation. Boats were pretty full but I didn't consider them crowded. Nice,
helpful divemasters/crew, good pre-dive briefings.

Efficent reservations process- call in advance for reservations- they have
a stateside toll-free number. Advance reservations have lower rates than
for walk-ins.  They picked me up at my hotel at 8 AM both days, and then
take all divers to their dive shop. There you find out which boat you are
assigned to, show C-cards, sign waiver forms, pick up rental equipment,

First day everyone on our boat was first time diving with them, and we
dived in Grace Bay, a short boat ride. This was OK with me- reasonable to
make sure everyone is comfortable with bouyancy and so on before going to
the bigger stuff. The second day the boat I was on left from a different
dock, on the South side of Provo, and went to West Caicos, about an
hour-long boat ride away. We dived two really nice sites there- both wall
dives- Driveway, and Boat Cove (aka, Rock Garden Interlude) I dived on
those same sites later in the week when on the Aggressor. We were back at
the dive shop by about 2:45 pm.   

They don't allow big roll-aboard dive duffel bags on the boats- takes up
too much room. They want you to use a mesh bag for your gear; they loan you
one if you need it. Plenty of beverages and snacks on the boat, but no
lunch provided. My old depth guage leaked after the first day- I only use
it for back up; I have a computer. I inquired if they had any depth guages
for sale, and their reply was that it's hard/expensive to maintain an
extensive inventory of dive equipment in the islands. The shop did have a
few masks, snorkels, fins for sale and I did buy a pair of lycra booties
for the same price one would pay on the mainland U.S. 

As others said in the 2005 Chapbook, Sibonne Beach is a pleasant, casual
little hotel nestled in between some bigger glitzier new hotel/condo
developments. Glad I stayed there. Hope it doesn't get gobbled up. The
restaurant there is great, but at $5.00 each, beer can get expensive. You
can buy local public bus/van ("The Gecko") tokens at nearby
hotels but not at the Sibonne Beach (presently $4.00 each way) and get a
ride to the Graceway supermarket and stock up on food/beverages for your
fridge. I think you have to phone for the Gecko; the hotel staff didn't
know much about it. There are also privately operated vans which will stop
along the side of the road and offer rides to tourist pedestrians, but they
seemed expensive. I suspect they charge the tourists higher rates than the
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