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

March, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Cindi and Bob Robertson, MI, USA
Report Number 1320
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, St. Kitts, Bonaire, Guanaja, Cozumel, Harbour Island,Costa Rica,
Salt Cay, Provo, and  Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Turn Dive at half your air.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
Fresh water is precious on this island. Every little bit is conserved.
Not much room on the Carolina Skiffs for camera fresh water, but they try.
Also, back at the Dive shop - Camera people need to rinse in the same
bucket as the wet suits. I just ran fresh water from the faucet, with a
final rinse in my room. No problems in two visits.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
As I write this, Hurricane Francis has just passed through the Turks and
Caicos Islands. I have been in contact with Salt Cay Divers, and Debbie
says they came through fairly intact.  My heart was in my throat just
watching The Weather Channel and knowing this little Island!  This was our
second trip to Salt Cay, and it won't be our last. I wrote a very extensive
article in the 2003 Chapbook about Salt Cay and Salt Cay Divers, so I won't
repeat myself. There haven't been many changes!  We had no problems with
any of our luggage both times, on InterIsland Airlines.  In addition to the
Carolina Skiffs, Debbie and Ollie now have a larger boat, which can
accommodate about a dozen divers.  This makes the run out to the Endymion
wreck much easier. We didn't schedule a whale watching tour on this trip,
however, we were able to see them breach while going out to the Endymion. I
snorkeled out, and was able to  see the tale of a Humpback as it began to
dive. I was able to hear the whales on almost every dive. We packed in all
of our food items for the week. (Debbie will supply fresh items for you if
you ask her well in advance.)  Again, we stayed at the Tradewinds.  We did
not have a stove in this unit, but we had a refrigerater, microwave,
toaster oven, and a coffee pot.  We also brought a hot plate. If you are
looking for a small, arid island, with nothing to do but dive and ride your
bike, then this is for you.
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