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

July, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Kristi Sharrai, MO, USA
Report Number 2978
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Bonaire, Belize, Cozumel, Bahamas, US, Bonne
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
82   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.    
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
Care was taken when handling cameras.  The safety talk always included
rules for camera rinse tubs and tables.  Tables were rather small but
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
1 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
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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