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

November, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Thierry Olivry, NC, USA
Report Number 327
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Bahamas, Bonaire, Dominica, Grand Turk
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
I was the principal organizer of a once-in-a-lifetime family reunion of 12
people, including one child, four teens and three seniors.  IAt the
beginning of the trip, I was the sole diver, and the others were
snorkelers.  We wanted an isolated place, with great beaches, good
snorkeling and great diving.  I dreaded the task of having to please
everyone.  Salt Cay, Tradewinds, Debbie Manos at Salt Cay Divers and Porter
Williams at Island Thyme Bistro proved to be the ideal combination to make
this trip memorable for all of us.  
We booked the entire set of Tradewinds Suites.  All suites have a large
dining/living room and a good-size bedroom.  The rooms were very clean, and
the kitchenettes were more than adequate.  The water is drinkable, safe and
of good taste - a treat in isolated islands.  We sent a long list of
groceries prior to our arrival and Debbie had everything ready when we
arrived.  A  groceries "refill" was possible mid-week.  We took
our dinners mostly at Island Thyme Bistro, where Porter acted as our
"private chef".  We ordered entrees a mid-day and could have
everything ready to feed our group of 12 family style at 6:30.  The food
was splendid, and was appreciated by teens, yuppies, seniors and
vegetarians alike.
The highlight of the trip was having Debbie as our "tour
operator". She kept one of her boats for our family, and we had
afternoon trips to Gibbs Cay to snorkel with the stingrays, and to the
Endymion wrek and Great Sand Cay.  She organized PADI certification courses
for the teens and one adult, so that by the end of the trip we were five
I had the opportunity to dive with the "regular" divers, and
appreciated the relaxed athmosphere, the friendly staff and a healthy reef.
 Diving the Endymion wreck was a treat - it is located far out to sea on
top of a plateau with amazing coral grooves.  There are 2 wrecks on the
same site. The cannons, balls and anchors are visible even to snorkelers.
Overall, Salt Cay is a very small and safe island that provides a wonderful
haven to those wanting to avoid crowds.  Our family appreciated the
personal service from Debbie and divemaster Mike, as well as the great
cuisine from Porter Williams at Island Thyme.  
The only minor point was the weather.  We had rain a couple of times and
some wave action for a few days... yet, it was Thanksgiving week and we
were not that far South....
By the way, we ended the week without bug bites - a major plus in the
We will be back.
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