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Dive Review of Caicos Adventures/Royal West Indies in
Turks and Caicos/Provo

Caicos Adventures/Royal West Indies, Jul, 2014,

by craig grube, VA, US (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 7674.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving hawaii, tahiti, belize, little cayman, costa rica, florida keys
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, no currents
Water Temp 83 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 50 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions First dive max depth 70-80', second dive 60-70'. Dive with DM and turn around when first person has 1500 psi. start safety stop when at 600-700 psi.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments dedicated rinse bucket. ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

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

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food N/A
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments Caicos Adventures continues to have one of the best dive boats we have ever been on. Lots of space, smooth ride, great upper deck for viewing, nice bathroom. We generally had 17-20 divers on board but never felt too crowded. We were broken into groups of 5-7 divers, but not given the option to ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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Subscriber's Comments

By woodcain , at Jul 24, 2014 09:42 EST  
My son and I did 15 dives with Caicos Adventures in 2009. We dived without the DM on all dives. I'm surprised the policy would have changed, that would be disappointing, are you sure of this? We had a great time diving West Caicos and French Cay and generally saw multiple Reef Sharks on most dives, with a particularly good encounter at Boat Cove. All our dives were between 60-70 minutes.
By woodcain , at Jul 24, 2014 14:19 EST  
The Caicos Adventures website states diving without the DM is allowed: "Beginner divers will get the needed attention and devotion from a friendly and willing dive-master whom will help you from beginning to end (equipment organization and setup, water entry, during dive); while experienced and advanced divers will get the freedoms they desire from a knowledgeable dive masters (or they can partner amongst themselves)."
By report author: craig grube in VA, US at Jul 24, 2014 17:26 EST  
Many things in diving have changed since 2009. I have been diving with Caicos Adventures since 2004. In fact, in April 2014 they let me buddy dive. This time they seemed like they wanted the groups to stay together.....maybe it was the number of divers on the boat or maybe it was newer DMs. I can only report what i experienced.
By woodcain , at Jul 24, 2014 18:27 EST  
Thanks Craig, this is important information. Being able to dive independently would be important to me, I would confirm with the operator prior to booking. What else has changed? I see they run their Thursday 3 tanker from their smaller boat, Hercules rather than off Caicos Cat. But, they do advertise that they run, at least some, drift dives during this trip.Did you do the 3 tanker during your visit? Anything else change in a significant way since my visit? Apppreciatively, Craig
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