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

May, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Brian & Andrea Westbrook, ga, USA (1 report)
Report Number 1690

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Reporter
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Caymans, Belize, USVI, Maldives

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy, dry  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Everyone must dive using a computer.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
We booked a package with Hotel Sibonne/Dive Provo from May 8-13, 2005 and
flew direct to Provo from Atlanta. 

Hotel Sibonne is the smallest and oldest on Grace Bay. It's simple
(motel-style), clean and right on the beach. Continental breakfast is in
the price, but it's not for the hungry! Provo is a construction site right
now with million-dollar condos going up everywhere you look, although we
were not disturbed by this activity. You don't need a car on Provo if you
intend to dive every day. There are plenty of restaurants in the hotels
along Grace Bay; all open to the public. The island is still pretty sleepy
- Grand Cayman it is not - and we didn't feel unsafe anywhere. The local
bus service (the 'Gekko') visits all the Grace Bay hotels, the grocery
store and Turtle Cove Marina. Gekko tokens or passes must be bought at the
large hotel/resorts (but not from Sibonne sadly), as you can't pay on the
bus.

Dive Provo picks everyone up from their lodgings if required. Their boats
are at 2 locations and you only find out which boat you're on when at their
shop each morning. A 2-tank dive starts with pick-up at 8 am and drops you
back at your hotel around 3 pm. You don't have to touch your gear after
checking in with them; they setup, store and rinse everything for you. They
help you into and out of the water very, very considerately regardless of
ability and provide food and plenty of drinks during the long trip.

The 3 boats are all well equipped, even the smallest one has a camera table
and somewhere sheltered to sit. The crew always tried to find the best
sites under the conditions. This meant West Caicos for us - an hour at
least from the marina. French Cay is even longer and although North Point
is nearer, it's a rough trip if the weather isn't completely calm.

Reef life is prolific with lots of lobster, barracuda, reef sharks and
southern stingrays. The sites we dived were also home to lots of juveniles
and cleaning stations. Saw many groupers, angels, triggerfish, spadefish
and a school of jacks showed up under the boat on almost every dive. The
walls are spectacular and in very good shape. A particularly nice site is
Spanish Anchor which has a nice swim-thru' to the wall. Most sites start at
45' over sand with the wall (to infinity!) a short swim away. Dive Provo
place a marker at the wall which makes navigating in your own buddy team a
cinch. You can also dive guided if you choose.

Summary: Highly recommend Dive Provo. Great crews from Europe, the US and
TCI who provide a thoroughly professional service.

Good eats at Hemmingways, Mango Reef, 21 North, Bay Bistro. It's not cheap,
but it's the Caribbean after all and it's worth remembering that EVERYTHING
on Provo has to be imported.

Hotel Sibonne is clean, spacious and informal. It feels more like a
guest-house than a hotel. It's unique, great value for money and we hope it
doesn't get bought out by the big boys who are clearly in town now.
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