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Dive Review of Multiple Dive Operators in
Turks and Caicos

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Keith Pereira, WI, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4054
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Mexico, Carribean, Florida Keys, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 90    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
2 stars   
4 stars    

Sibonne Hotel, Ocean Vibes

Sibonne is  a budget hotel on Grace Bay and compared to the opulent high
rise condos/guest houses/villas surrounding is as advertised.  The
Garden view rooms are small but adequate for living for a week or so
without feeling too cramped.  Ours had a double and twin bed, the
refrigerator was small but big enough to hold a 6 pack and some snacks. 
Bathroom and shower was adequate but ours leaked through the wall into the
bedroom floor (under the twin bed) when you took extended showers.  Someone
looked at it the first day and said it would be fixed, but still wasnt by
the time we left.  The grounds were nice and the beach is a mere 50 yard
walk from the room through the gardens, past the pool and onto the
beautiful beach.  Of course the Beach is wonderful white sand  we/ about 12
tiki style umbrellas, but if you werent up at 7 claiming one you were
probably out of luck.  The beach area right in front of the hotel was quite
and never crowded

Some of these resorts also have their own restaurants and unless youre
driving or willing to walk a little there are not lots of dining options
close to you.  The food at most of these restaurants are above averagebut
so are the about $7, house wine $9, and a Baileys on the
rocks $13Ouch!!  The service is typical Caribbean speed (or lack there of)
but at times with attitudewhich was surprising.  Many of the restaurants
automatically add 20% gratuity sometimes called service feeso look at your
Restaurants that I ate at were:
Bay Bistro-Sibonne Hotel-very good dinner, good lunch, OK breakfast, high
prices, slow service, bad attitudes.  Staying at the Sibonne affords you a
free continental  B-fast which consists of coffee, toast and a sliver of
fruit, if you decide to order that prepare to wait a long time and get
horrible.  If you order off the b-fast menu ($) youll get the regular slow
service, and much less attitudego figure?
Shark Bite-Pub/Bar/restaurant-good food, fair prices, good service
Danny Bouys (Irish)-good food, fair prices, good service
Bella Luna (Italian)- good food, fair prices, very good service

I dove with Ocean Vibes for the 4 days on Provo as they were recommended to
me by a friendI was not disappointed.  Because I had recently sold all my
gear (with the plan of buying new gear before the trip, which for many
reasons didnt happen!) this was the first dive in the last 15 years I was
forced to rent equipment (sans mask fins)unfortunately OV equipment was
fairly worn, but serviceableand always having a skin, shorty, mask, light
or whatever someone needed.    Although I had asked for a computer when
making my reservation, they only had 1 2 of the 4 days and was told it was
on of the DMs personal backup (thanks Rob & Cindy!)  They p/u at the
hotel at 8am and your at the dock at 8:30 ready to go.  The boat is
spacious enough for a dozen+ or so divers and their gear.  Gear was set up
and ready while a DM was giving a briefing.  Gear was brought to you where
you sit and back roll entry.  Exit procedures consisted of handing weight
belt to DM in the boat and slipping out of your BC and hading it to DM,
then climbing a smallish latter in the back of the boat.  In the 4 days
there were 3 DMs Cindy, Rob and Megan and the boat had 5-10 divers.  Dove
Northwest point dive sites for 3 days ,,,,with boat rides of about 30-40
minutes and then West Caicos for 1 day with boat ride of about 1
hourdepending on the wind the boat ride back could get a little wet.  Dive
brief was short but informative about what was expected and various
highlights to look for on each dive.  DMs Cindy and Rob and Megan were
great as they allowed divers with computers to dive there own profile,
assisted divers that needed a little more attention and left those of us
with experience and competence alonebut also pointed out various critters
and any interesting coral formations. I never dove with Megan, as she
appeared to be very rigid and a bit coarse with her groups.  In general
the reefs and walls had some nice colorful coral and sponge formations and
interesting reef structures but didnt have the full marine life that I
was expectingalthough the usual critters such as Jacks, Groupers, Grunts,
Barracuda, Spotted Eagle Rays,  and occasionally some Hawksbill turtles,
eels, & sharks were usually present on all dives, they just werent
abundant.  At West Caicos the walls were very dramatic and some dolphins
joined us underwater for a 5 min folly!  In general both in Provo and W
Caicos the visibility ranged from about 70-110 ft.  I would consider in the
general the diving very good.

Lunches during dive intervals consisted of various types of fresh etc
sandwiches/wraps and a big bag or 2 of some type of chips/pretzels/Pringles
that were passed around, also there were some cookies on a few days. 
Liquid refreshments were plentiful with water and various flavors of
sodaalso the beer for the end of the days dives was a great touch,
although I wish there was more of the Corona/Turks Head and less of the Bud
lite!  Riques the Captain did a great job even when some mechanical issues
surfaced on day 3 threatening our divesduring our interval he took care of
it and it was business as usual.  In all, these guys do a great job making
your dives safe, enjoyable, exciting and let you dive based on your comfort
level and experience.

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