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Dive Review of Caicos Adventures/Comfort Inn in
Turks and Caicos/Providenciales

Caicos Adventures/Comfort Inn, Dec, 2005,

by Jack Hall, CA, USA . Report 2944.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 79 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 60 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 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 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 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Caicos Adventures Turks and Caicos December 2005

I felt really ambivalent about this trip . The diving was terrific and the boat that Caicos Adventures uses is unquestionably one of the best laid-out and best maintained that I have seen, but we felt like they pulled a fast one on us for the pricing. Nitrox was advertised on their web site as being $9.00 per tank and yet they charged us $12 per tank. When we told them about it being on the web site, they said Oh- that was changed- I guess they didnt get it changed on the web site and they proceeded to charge us the $12.00 per tank. This was after they had consulted with Mrs Fifi (the owners wife who runs the store operation and collects the money). Fifi insists on no shoes on his boat, but the deck has a knobby rubber surface which can hurt your feet.

If you plan on going to the Turks and Caicos- do it soon- it will soon be the most overbuilt island in the Caribbean. There was construction everywhere, and a fine layer of dust from the construction overlays all of the vegetation and cars. There are six and eight story condos and hotels going up all over the island. The locals are understandably not real happy about it all, and the general attitude towards tourists is one of mild distrust and aloofness. Food prices are quite high (we spent $100 for dinner for two with one beer and no dessert), but you can get around that by going to the local store and getting food in the deli section- they have lots of variety and the prices are only about 25% higher than in the US. We stayed in The Comfort Inn, and the room was quite nice and the staff were helpful. Continental breakfast was included with the room which made it handy because we could grab a quick banana, sweet roll and coffee before leaving for the days diving- much handier than going to a restaurant and waiting for service and cooking time. Also convenient was the dive operation- about 100 feet away from our room. But that wouldnt really matter much because Fifi (really Philippe, but he goes by Fifi) has a 12 passenger bus that he drives around to any hotel that has people who are diving with him that day. The whole pickup operation takes about 30 minutes.

Most of the diving was deep- the top of the wall was often at 80 feet, so the dives tended to be well under 60 minutes. We were told that we are adults- we should dive our own profile and observe reasonable safety precautions- return with 500 pounds and stay above 130 feet but no one will ne checking computers. There was always a divemaster or two to show us around if we wished, but there was no romper room diving where we all had to hold hands and stay together (as has been true at other islands). Visibility was awesome, and water temperatures were in the low 80s. I am glad to have gone, and I would advise it for anyone who has not gone, but I think once will be enough for me.
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