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Dive Review of Provo Turtle Divers/Ocean Club West in
Turks and Caicos/Provodenciales

Provo Turtle Divers/Ocean Club West, Aug, 2006,

by Ross and Lynda Biederman, CA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 2810.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, St. Thomas, St. Croix, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, Hawaii, Micronesia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Given basic dive profile and told to be on the boat with around 500 psi. Guided dive available but not required. Lots of freedom. To their credit they are very conservation oriented. A lot of reminders to not touch or harrass the coral and critters.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 5 stars
Large Pelagics 5 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments Very helpful and cooperative with all types of photographers. Allowed photographers a lot of freedom to do their own thing, but were more than willing to point out hard to find photo subjects if you wanted to stay with the guided tour. Separate photo ice chest rinse to keep cameras in.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Incredible diving. Best in the Caribbean. Saw reef sharks almost every dive. Sharks swam right by us regularly. Beautiful! Turtles feeding and swimming about. Stingrays everywhere. Large fish every dive as well as an abundance of small fish and critters. Water is cooler - we rented shorty suits and wore them over our lycra. First dive the boat was overcrowded, but Provo Turtle Divers corrected the situation the next day. Very informative Dive Masters with great guided dives. Really liked their conservation attitude! They want to protect their reefs and aren't shy about telling you to keep your hands off and leave the critters alone. Bus picks you up at your resort and delivers you home again. Leave your gear on the boat each day - they wash it and hang it to dry and then have it set up for you on the boat the next day. We usually had to set up our own gear on the 2nd dive, but overall the crew was very helpful. Lots of good snacks on board for divers and a variety of juices along with water. We'll be back!
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