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Dive Review of Big Blue & Dive Provo/Allegro in
Turks and Caicos/Provo

Big Blue & Dive Provo/Allegro, Aug, 2003,

by Kris Cummings, IN, USA . Report 683.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments I went on this trip with a dive group of about 130 people.
We were all lined up to dive ahead of time with a specific group on specific boats with Dive Provo. The boats were plenty big enough to accommodate 20 divers but not 20 camera systems.
I also went to Provo to complete my semi-closed Rebreather certification. I lined this up through O2 Technical with my instructor being John Garvin. The Dive operation that O2 technical uses is Big Blue. I purchased my own Drager Dolphin Rebreather and took it with me to get certified with John Garvin. I then started using the Rebreather to enhance my photographs and video.
I started getting greatly improved videos immediately. An example was being face to face, within inches of each other a 6 foot Caribbean Reef Shark.
Big Blue and O2 Technical are some of the best people in the dive business I have dealt with during my 18 years of diving.

The Allegro Resort was fine, I highly recommend getting reservations at either of the 2 onsite restaurants as the restaurants are superior to the buffet. The pool is first class, with water volley ball being the sport after a long morning of diving.
Diver's have time for breakfast prior to diving and will return in time to still have a leisurely lunch before the buffet is taken down to begin preparing for dinner.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving I have been to Cozumel 5 times, Hawaii; Oahu 5 times & The Big Island and worked for Jack's Dive Locker for a few months, Grand Cayman 3 times, a Black Beards Liveaboard, Bahamas 3 times,
Key Largo, Turks and Caicos.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 82-84°F / 28-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 60-200 Ft/ 18-61 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Each diver must have a dive computer.
Try to stay above 100'
Be on the boat with 500psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 4 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments My dives with Dive Provo were geared for photographers.
I still take photo's using film and heavy high output Ikelite strobes.
My equipment takes up a lot more room than these new compact digital beauties. My video equipment takes up less room so I switched to shooting video for the remainder of the trip to allow more room for the other photographers.
Diving with Big Blue I had all the room I wanted for my equipment.
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