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Dive Review of Dive Provo/Royal West Indies in
Turks and Caicos/Provo

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Tim & Jill Kolakowski, PA, USA
Contributor   (12 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 2979
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Grand Bahama, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Saba,
Curacao, St. Vincent, Bonaire
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
76   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
     Do you want to take your family to a clean, quiet, safe, upscale
location for a dive trip? Provo is your destination. There are easy flights
with many airlines to choose from - you can be there by early afternoon
from anywhere in the eastern US without inter-island hops. There is no
crime, no litter, and no cruise ship traffic(the reef keeps them out). The
12 mile long Grace Bay Beach with flour-like sand has been rated by Conde
Nast as the nicest beach in the Caribbean. Although the huge dollar condos
are being built along the beach, the construction really isn't noticeable.
There are good restaurant choices, but surprisingly few retail shopping
spots - just a few small plazas, which gives Provo a small island charm
despite the condo growth. We've never seen so many families on a dive
     To stay on the beach, you'll most likely end up in one of the condos.
They range from nice to can spend thousands per night if
you're so inclined. But among the reasonably priced condos, Royal West
Indies is the best value. The smallish size of RWI and beautiful gardens
give it an intimate, relaxing feeling. It's an upscale resort at a moderate
price, nicer than the others in the price range, such as Ocean Club,
Alexandra, and Coral Gardens. RWI's on site restaurant, The Mango Reef, is
excellent and reasonable priced. Try the conch salad.
     Besides the beach activities for the family, there are snorkel trips
to the offshore uninhabited islands, kayaking, sailing, and a conch farm
with a fascinating guided tour
     The diving is a long boat ride but worth it. We saw sharks on almost
every dive, including my first hammerhead off French Cay. It's all wall
diving followed by a nice 30-50 ft deep reef with good marine life. Dive
Provo is a well run operation which handled the Easter Week crowds well.
We'll be back next year!
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