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

March, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Cindi and Bob Robertson, MI, USA
Report Number 1681
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Lake Michigan, Lake Superior,Cozumel, Bonaire, St. Kitts, Guanaja,
Galapagos Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Turn around at 1500 psi. Watch your computer.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
We got some spectacular photos of whales, to include a shot with 4
Humpbacks as well as several with mothers and babies.  This was being in
the right place at the right time and it helped that the whales were
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
We consider ourselves EXTREMELY lucky and fortunate to have had the
opportunity to snorkel with 17 Humpback Whales in one day! This was our
third visit to Salt Cay. We went back primarily to see how the Island and
the reef survived after Hurricane Frances.  There was no significant damage
above or below. We saw a few coral heads that may have broken by the storm
but we don't know. One dive site was almost completely white - covered with
sand from the surge? Debbie and Ollie of Salt Cay Divers went out of their
way once again to make sure we had all that we needed. We spent 2 weeks on
the island this time and we not only dove Salt Cay, but also Grand Turk and
South Caicos.Because we had already dove the wreck site Endymion, twice
before, Debbie suggested that we do a snorkel instead. Thanks to Ollie who
pointed us in the right direction and also being at the right place at the
right time, we were very very very lucky to have a pod of 8 HUMPBACK whales
gently glide past us about 15 - 20 feet away. It was incredible and
definately something we won't forget. One of them went up for air, and when
it exhaled, it sounded like a steam valve had been released underwater.
What a sound! The other divers got back on the boat after diving the wreck,
and as we motored back to Salt Cay, we ALL had the opportunity to snorkel
with groups of 3 more whales, on 3 separate occasions. So for Bob and I it
was a total of 17 whales in one day. There were reports of close encounters
with the whales the next day - and then they were gone! I got the distinct
feeling the whales were saying goodbye as they migrated north. A once in a
lifetime opportunity.   Once again we packed in all of our food. Freeze
Dried Camping food and it was good. We ate out a few times at
Porter's and Miss Pat's as well. We had a good time with the Hermit Crab
Races at Porters' one night! Snacks were with Jagen and Sue at the Green
Flash, and with Debbie and Ollie at Coral Reef. Our room at the Tradewinds
was within walking distance of the dive shop and had a refrig. and
microwave. We brought a hot plate.  The dive boats are the same. Two 22'
Carolina Skiffs and on 42'Big Boat they use for larger groups and to go to
the wreck. Most dive sites are within 10 minutes from shore. Dives are at
9:00, 11:00 and 3:00. This is a
small, desert island, with no shops, no grocery stores as we know them, no
gas stations, and no night life. We like it that way.
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