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Dive Review of Salt Cay Divers/Tradewinds Guest Suites in
Turks and Caicos/Salt Cay

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Blaine Browne, Florida, USA
Report Number 1043
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Florida Keys, San Salvador, Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Grand
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
We chose this destination based on Undercurrent reviews and they were right
on the button. Don't travel to Salt Cay if you're expecting Club Med
facilities or nightlife - but if you're seeking a quiet, hassle-free,
laid-back environment and superior diving, this is a top-notch destination.
Interisland Airways got us from Provo to Salt Cay on time - they will
charge you for overweight baggage. Debbie met us at the airport and for the
next week met every need we had. Topside, the island is dominated by
extensive salinas and the remains of the long-defunct salt industry, which
would intrigue any historian of the region. The islanders were a pleasure,
welcoming and eager to answer any questions about local affairs. We stayed
at Tradewinds, which is right on the beach; our suite was clean,spacious
and cooled by a constant breeze.If you are a light sleeper, bring earplugs;
the donkeys and roosters can be quite noisy at night. We opted to have
Debbie buy our food supply prior to our arrival and mostly cooked for
ourselves. Though there are several places to eat on the island, their
hours of operation seemed problematic and meals a re reltively expensive.
Jagan at the Green Flash supplied us with fresh-caught fish to cook and
served up some mighty fine fish at his open-air cafe on the harbor. The
locals eat most anything they catch - we had lemon shark at the Green
Flash. The dive operation was overseen by John, an Englishman who seemed
thoroughly familiar with the sites after only a month there. He was
courteous,humorous and went out of his way to accomodate us. SC Divers set
up and cared for all our equipment. We dove from a Carolina skiff in
conditions that were windier than usual, but as the dive sites are all on
the lee side of the island, we weren't affected. We did two dives a day for
five days and saw most of the nearby sites, all of which are only a 5
minute ride from the harbor. It was a bit windy to go to Grand Turk or the
Endymion wreck, but there was still plenty to see. John thoroughly briefed
us prior to each dive and always pointed out interesting sights. The walls
were beautiful, covered with amazing sponges,and there was little or no
current. There was an astounding profusion of healthy coral at sites like
Kelly's Annex - we've rarely seen such pristine and stunning formations. In
the course of the week, we encountered several large grouper, a dolphin
that followed our boat, several nurse sharks, turtles and a manta gliding
over a sandy channel. There is excellent snorkeling beneath the cliffs just
north of the harbor and an incredible beach on the northeast end of the
island. Overall, this was a superior experience, made all the more pleasant
by Debbie's attentions and John's abilities as a divemaster. We would not
hestiate to describe this as one of our best dive vacations - none of the
haste or crowds found at some other more popular dive destinations. We
highly recommed Salt Cay Divers; it is evidently the only dive operation on
the island now, as we heard that Reef Runners was closing down. 
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