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

Dive Provo/Comfort Suites, Jul, 2006,

by Kristi Sharrai, MO, USA . Report 2978.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Bonaire, Belize, Cozumel, Bahamas, US, Bonne Terre
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions After an initial, through safety talk staff gave a less detailed talk the rest of the week unless new divers were aboard. The staff was THE best I've ever dived with. They were all pleasant, helpful and knowledgeable. I would definately dive with them again.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Care was taken when handling cameras. The safety talk always included rules for camera rinse tubs and tables. Tables were rather small but adequate.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Holy cow--do NOT stay at the Comfort Suites! If I could rate this in a negative number I would. From the time we checked in until the time we left there were nothing but problems that even after speaking with the surley front desk clerk went unattended. Air conditioners leaked pools of water on the tile floors, soiled towels were taken by the maids but not replaced, locals crowded around the bar all day and night making it difficult to get in to order drinks, mold was in the grout in showers and the drains didn't drain leaving you standing in dirty water. Even though we didn't watch much tv the reception was horrible. We were supposed to have beverage vouchers for our rooms which they refused to give us for nearly two days (until our travel agent got involved). Breakfast was a pitiful bit of food--toast, spice cake, croissants, juice and coffee. The island is nothing but a bunch of construction everywhere you look--not very pretty. The Dive shop is right at the hotel and has a very nice but pricey selection of shirts, jewelery, souvenirs and some dive/snorkel gear. There was about a 10 minute drive by bus to the marina to catch the boat. The diving was good. Not spectacular, but good. Reef was in good shape with plenty of various corals, sponges, etc. Twice, Caribbean reef sharks swam up next to us making for great photo ops. Besides the usual fish we saw octopus, turtles, rockfish and rays. Lots of trumpet fish and flamingo tongue. At Cathedral we saw a huge green moray. It let us get very close and seemed, for the most part, uncaring that we were there. On our last day of diving on West Caicos as we boarded the boat our boat captain told us that right after we entered the water one of the other boats at the end of the island reported that their divers saw a 20 foot whale shark! We did see a very cool Cannonball jellyfish. One of our favorite sites was Magic Mushroom at West Caicos. On July 19 we did a night dive at Boneyard and saw thousands of glow-worms. A beautiful sight! The divemaster told us it was unusual to see them there as they usually hang out near the mangroves and closer to the full moon than when we were there. There were no wrecks to dive. Dive Provo was a great bunch to dive with. Every single one of the crew were friendly and helpful (such a nice contrast from the locals on the island!). They work on a rotating basis so we never had the same crew which was not a problem. They took care of your gear from setting it up to rinsing and storing it. They would go whereever we wanted and let you dive your own profile. Divemasters were always in the water if you wanted a guided tour. Tanks were always full. Snacks, both sweet and salty were furnished as well as several beverages. If there was anything negative to say about Dive Provo it would be that the boats didn't have dry erase boards to show us a visual of the dive sites. If I were going back to T&C I would either do a live aboard or stay on Grand Turk.
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