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Dive Review of Salt Cay Divers/Sandy Toes in
Turks and Caicos/Salt Cay

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Cindi and Bob Robertson, MI, USA (4 reports)
Report Number 2421

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Reporter
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire(twice),Galapagos(twice),St.Kitts, Cozumel,
Grand Turk, South Caicos, Provo, Guanaja, Lake Michigan, Lake Superior

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny, windy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
77   to 78    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
5
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Depends upon your experience and your computer.  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
Fresh water cooler on the boat. Water is a precious commodity.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
    This, our fourth trip to Salt Cay, brought no whales, however it did
bring us a very nice old style anchor on an uncharted reef!  Salt Cay is
known as "The Island Time Forgot", and this anchor just made
proof of that point.
    The water still had a bit of winter in it, with the temperatures
staying around 78 degrees on most of the dives. (One dive lasting 77
minutes).  I bring a lot of rubber, so usually I stay warm, however, some
of the ladies diving in a 3mm, were shivering at the end of the dives. (So
were some of the men!)  Salt Cay Divers has shorties you can use if
necessary.
    Hurricane Francis skirted the island in 2004, and there is still
evidence of that underwater. Last year, I wondered why some of the dive
sites were almost completely white. The current theory floating around is
that the Hurricane basically 'sandblasted' the coral in some places.  I am
happy to report evidence of new coral growth and I'm optimistic about the
recovery of the reef.   I hovered over more than one coral head, to study
the new growth, and it seems to be growing directly over some of the sand
blasted coral.
    This is wall diving at its' best, and that is the reason we continue to
return to the Island. That, coupled with a great Dive Operation, and small
crowds. But be warned, there is almost nothing to do but dive. Bring your
own food, or bring lots of money to dine out. Miss Pats, Island Thyme,
Green Flash and Coral Reef are about the only places to buy meals.
    Be sure to make your airplane reservations starting from Salt Cay back
to your original point of departure. The airplanes from Salt Cay to Provo
are a bit fickle, and they don't always stick to the previous plan. We took
the boat over to Grand Turk and spent a night, before flying out the next
day.
    Salt Cay is an arid island, and water is a precious commodity.
Sometimes the trade winds blow so hard, it is difficult to even ride your
bicycle. This is a good thing, because we have never had a bug problem.
(only on Grand Turk, when the winds died down and we were swarmed by flying
termites!)
    Salt Cay Divers will do all they can, to make your stay a pleasant one.
(see our other reviews in past Undercurrents or email with any questions).
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