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

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Barry Klickstein, MA, USA
Report Number 2237
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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

Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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  
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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
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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