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Dive Review of Salt Cay Diver/Tradewinds in
Turks and Caicos/Salt Cay

December, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Susan Conaty, Tx., USA
Report Number 280
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands -East End- Dive Lodge
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 140    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
5 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
My only open ocean diving had been on the East end of Grand Caymen. 
Decided to go to Salt Cay based on chapbook after a 4 years of no open
ocean diving. I was using a computer for the first time And was nervous
about my skill level and new environment.  Mike and Debbie made me feel
very secure and they are the best instructors and examples of good diving I
have had. I never felt in danger and that they were interested in my
comfort level.the experience level of others ran the gamet from pro divers
who dive the Maldives every year to  true beginner divers  and every one
was accomidated with safety and fun. Salt Cay is  a place where you are
made to feel at home and are treated like part of the community.  My
husband is a nondiver .  He spent the days biking around the Island and
reading. If you want peace and quiet this is the place,other than at night
the donkeys and chickens and wind can get pretty loud.Tradwinds is a great
place . We had the deluxe suite with kitchen .  Good thing, food is hard to
come by; Netty's only has limited non-perishables.  We only ate atthe
Island Thyme restaurant twice.Our bill for two meals for two was 95 dollars
We decided we would make do with netty's and what ever Debbie could get us
from Grand Turk.Do take Debbie Up on her offer to get food from Grand Turk
Best to do that before you land to give her time to gather .Food is limited
on Grand Turk also. Next time we go we will get Debbie to get some things
for us that are to heavy or fragile to bring and bring a box of other food
. If you eat out bring cash.  In fact all food needs to be paid for by cash
the only thing you can put on Credit card is the diving related stuff. 
Debbie gets food for you out of her on pocket so you need to pay her back
in cash.It is very nice of her to do this service. If you don't do the meal
plan you need to let what ever restaurant you decide to eat at advanced
notice of what meal you want and discuss what is available.The standard is
to run a tab and settle at the end of stay.You can eat every meal out ,or
do what we did and make do on mac &cheese can tuna and soup. I did find
snickers bars at Netty's . I lost 10pounds in 10 days and still ate candy .
 I don't know of any diet claim or fat farm that can promise that! The boat
is a Carolina Skiff you do a back roll in off the side . You are helped on
with your gear . I had never done back rolls and nervous at first but
learned to love it , just hold on to your mask.getting back on boat can be
dificult if you come up with tank best to wait for mike to take your weight
belt and tank, take off fins and upladder.My favorite dive site was black
coral canyon Kelly's annex and rock's Paradise. One day we went to Grand
Turk and  the wall there is steeper I liked those dives also We never miss

any diving do to weather, there was always some place to dive. Saw turtles
on almost every dive 3 octapi 2 during the day 1 at night. the beach in
front of Tradwinds is rocky. Great place to look for critters at low tide
and beach glaas and pottery. Many other places to snorkle - North beach
steep sand beach, other smaller areas all over to discover.Again Debbie and
Mike are Great and can help you with any thing. We will be back!
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