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Dive Review of Salt Cay Divers/Villa Frangiapani in
Turks and Caicos/Salt Cay

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Tim & Jill Kolakowski, PA, USA
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Report Number 2117
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Key Largo, Grand Bahama, Saba, Curacao, Little Cayman, St
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
76   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with group  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
3 stars    
     Salt Cay has got to be the most quiet, laid back island in the
Caribbean with an airport, even more so than Little Cayman. There are about
60 locals, and 30-40 ex-pats on the 1.5 mile per side triangle. There may
be more donkeys and cows than people strolling along the dirt road that
goes halfway around. The other half is covered by a series of paths. There
are about 10 cars & trucks, one for the 2 policemen. If you go, get
ready for absolute peace and quiet. We were 3 of maybe 15 guests during
Easter week.
     We stayed at Villa Frangiapani(email Debbie at Salt Cay Divers for
info)in absolute luxury, so much so that the house does not fit into the
quaint cottages and guest houses that dot the island. The price is very
reasonable for this palace(hardwood cherry floors and furniture, Corian
counters, top of the line appliances) and it would hold 3 couples easily.
Candy took wonderful care of us, especially entertaining our 7 year old son
     Salt Cay Divers takes great care of their divers. Only a fe divers per
trip in the 23 ft skiff, but for 6-8 divers they use a larger boat. Lots of
nurse sharks and turtles populate the plunging walls a stone's throw from
shore. Most rides were 3-5 minutes, except to the "Endemyon"
which is about 45 minutes. Grand Turk was about 20 minutes, very much worth
the effort as the walls, swim throughs and fish life reminded me of Little
Cayman. A great trip, especially if you get to meet some of the people who
have lived their whole lives on this salty dot.
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