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Dive Review of Salt Cay Divers in
Turks and Caicos

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Mike Scott, Oh, USA
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Report Number 3322
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cocos Island
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
74   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
55   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Follow dive guide along wall into current.
Usually end dive when air was exhausted, often spent several minutes under
boat after others went up.
No deco diving, recreational limits of 130'.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
2 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Small bucket or cooler on small skiff.  No arrangements to handle any
sophisticated eq.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
2 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
2 stars    
Quiet and peaceful, small population.  Not much going on.  The island is
beginning to develop due to spillover from Grand Turk and the advent of
cruise ships.

We started diving here 6 years ago, the fish and coral life has diminished
significantly.  Much fewer mature fishes.  Probably not from over fishing,
maybe from development and warming.

Humpbacks still present, but seem more shy than other years.

Salt Cay Divers uses 2 24' Carolina skiffs that are beat up, with no
comfort, but most dive sites are 10-15 minutes out.  They have a new, wider
28' skiff but it is usually reserved for whale watching and sunset cruises
which are more profitable.   They also have a V-hull boat they use for
going to the Endymion wreck, a 1 1/2 ride that is hardly worth the time and

The dive operation is some what disheveled.  They have no O2 available and
much of their gear is just plain worn out.  Debbie has too many irons in
the fire (real estate, politics, etc.) to be a devoted dive operator.  She
counts on her dive masters (usually itinerant) and Haitian hired help to
run the business.  Ollie is a delight however and is a truly great diver
and gentleman.

We used to look forward to going every year, but probably won't go back. 

The price of food is exorbitant.  We bring our own and cook it but spending
$100.00/day is about average if you eat out.  A beer is $5.00, so do
without or prepare to pony up.
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