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

February, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Sheri Ray, TX, USA
Contributor   (12 reports)
Report Number 2316
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, West Caicos, French Cay, Utila Honduras, St. Maarten, Saba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, surge  
Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Don't dive below recreational limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Had to ask for bucket for cameras, and after that, one was usually
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
On 1/3 of the dives, the vis was poor...less than 45 feet (we were there 1
week). When the vis improved, there was still alot of silt all over the
corals. It looked like it had snowed underwater, all over the corals. We
learned that during Humpback Whale season (Dec - Mar), that it's typical to
have 3-4 days of choppy seas and poor vis, followed by 2-3 days of calm
water and great vis. The locals recommended coming there for 10 days to
increase our good diving days. Salt Cay Divers is a good operation and we
enjoyed diving with them. We did see the whales from the boat on our final
day, but they wouldn't come closer that 100 feet and the water was pretty
rough. It was incredible to see the whales and they hung out around the
boat for quite a while. Out of the 11 dives I did, there were 2
"WOW" dives, where the vis was great and there were abundant fish
and a couple of rays. For the money we spent on this trip, we were
disappointed. Above water though, I enjoyed it more...beautiful white sand
beaches, slow paced life, and good food. There are 5 restaurants on the
island, but we ate at only 2, the Coral Reef Bar & Grill and Island
Thyme Bistro. Both were very good and offered fresh fish and lobster. We
carried in some of our own food, as eating out and purchasing food on the
island is both pricy and uncertain. Nelly makes wonderful homemade bread!
Update on Grand Turk: A large cruise ship company has apparantely paid off
the right people and now cruise ships dock virtually everyday and overrun
the island with tourists. This same cruise company cut a large hole in the
reef and dredged so they could come closer to the island. Too, they had all
of the indigenous ponies, cows, & donkeys rounded up and penned up so
that large horses could be brought onto the island for the tourists.  What
will happen to the penned animals? There's speculation that they will be
destroyed!  Greed has no conscience.
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