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

Salt Cay Divers/Tradewinds, Dec, 2005,

by Barry Klickstein, MA, USA . Report 2237.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Most of the Carribean, Cabo, Costa Rica, Galapgos, PNG, Thailand
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 20 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]Since we were all experienced divers, after demonstrating the same to the dive master, we were permitted to dive on our own, with the divemaster there to point out sights and critters
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments The large dive boat had ample room for a separate camera tank, which I'm advised was available on request. Since there were only three of us diving, and no cameras this trip, that wasn't an issue. My view is that the wall at South Caicos and the plance wreck, and the wreck of the Endymion would be about a 4 if I had been taking video.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Debbi and Ollie of Salt Cay Divers are simply the best. There is nothing you might need on the island that Debbi can't arrange, and her answer is always "yes". From picking you up at the "airport" (the size of your garage) to setting up the accomodations (Tradewinds: comfortable, clean, on the water, and centrally located), to arranging whatever dive schedule you want, to wonderful meals, cooked just for you when you want. The epitomy of personal service. While the reefs at Salt Cay aren't up to Bloody Bay Wall, the diving was very good, relaxing, and fun. We generally did a two tank in the AM (with a surface interval on shore) and an afternoon dive when we wanted. A night dive (sharks, eels, turtle etc.) was substituted for an afternoon on request, and we also made a day trip to South Caicos to dive the wall (excellent, with the wreck of a DC3), a day trip to Grand Turk to dive that wall (very good), and a trip to the wreck of the Endymion (excellent). Salt Cay, with 60 inhabitants, gives laid back new meaning. Beautiful beaches, all to yourself, friendly folks--no locks, you settle your tab everywhere at the end of the week--and fresh delicious food cooked by either Miss Pat at her home, John at the Island Thyme, or Filomen at the Coral Reef Cafe, or wings from Sue at the famous Green Flash on the dock. If you enjoy good diving, a truly relaxing island with great people, this is the place for you.
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