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

Salt Cay Divers/Tradewinds, Nov, 2002,

by Thierry Olivry, NC, USA . Report 327.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Bonaire, Dominica, Grand Turk
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather cloudy Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 divers.
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 islands...
We will be back.
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