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

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Sensenig, IA, USA
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Report Number 4097
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Cozumel-8X, Jamaica, Bonne Terre Mine, MO, Table Rock, AR,
Lake Okoboji, IA
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay above 100 feet. No shoes on boat.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
While in Providenciales my wife and I (along with another couple) stayed at
the Sibonne Beach Hotel. This intimate boutique hotel was adequate, but
not fancy. Room amenities included cable TV, mini-fridge, hair-dryer, air
conditioning, coffee maker, direct-dial telephone and an in-room safe. The
inner court yard was a garden of mature plants and trees. A small pool was
on the property. Associated with the hotel was the Bay Bistro Restaurant.
This restaurant made it handy to grab a complimentary continental breakfast
before diving. Evening meals were very good, but as reported by other
Undercurrent readers, the restaurant staff seemed to be slow and some had
an attitude. The Sibonne is right on Grace Bay Beach, which was one of the
best beaches I have ever been on. Other restaurants I would recommend are
the Bella Luna, Graces Cottage, and Hemingways. All of these restaurants
were within walking distance of the Sibonne Beach Hotel. The Gecko
transportation system was no longer available on the island (it went
bankrupt). Dinners at these restaurants were excellent, but remember that
food prices on the island are typically higher than in the U.S.  Dive Provo
provided the diving for the trip. Dive Provo staff were professional,
friendly, helpful and fun to be around. Boats were well maintained with
post-dive showers and camera rinse tubs available. Staff provided
sandwiches, snacks and drinks after the first dive of the day. A typical
dive day started around 8:00-8:15am with a shuttle bus stopping at the
hotel. After several more hotel stops, the bus went to the Drive Provo dive
shop. Once all divers were checked in and supplies loaded, it was back on
the bus and off to the marina on the other side of the island (the bumpy
dirt road is another story). After being assigned a boat (no shoes are
allowed on the boat) you quickly took off to your dive site. All sites were
approximately 50  60 minutes away from the marina. Some of the trips were
challenging (some divers felt nauseous) because of the choppy water, but
other trips were smooth. All dives began with a briefing. You could follow
the dive master or you were free to follow your own profile. Water
temperature was a consistent 79º F. Water visibility was always at
least 75-100 feet. All sites were wall dives with some of the healthiest
coral reefs I have experienced. In addition to the fish mentioned below,
you would always come upon abundant schooling fish, such as smallmouth
grunts or French grunts. At West Caicos we saw barracuda, green eel, a
yellow sea horse, lobster, crab and a black tip shark. At French Cay there
were grouper, several turtles, along with a couple of reef sharks. At
Northwest point we saw grouper and the ever elusive sand eel. On the return
trip from French Cay we ran into a pod of 10-12 dolphins which put on quite
a show.  Overall, I really enjoyed diving in Providenciales (there are no
cruse ship  at least not yet), but they are building many new hotels all
over the island (even on the once deserted West Caicos island). Would I
dive here again? Most definitely! Would I dive with Dive Provo? Without a
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