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

Salt Cay Diver/Tradewinds, Dec, 2002,

by Susan Conaty, Tx., USA . Report 280.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 2 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments My only open ocean diving had been on the East end of Grand Caymen. Decided to go to Salt Cay based on chapbook after a 4 years of no open ocean diving. I was using a computer for the first time And was nervous about my skill level and new environment. Mike and Debbie made me feel very secure and they are the best instructors and examples of good diving I have had. I never felt in danger and that they were interested in my comfort level.the experience level of others ran the gamet from pro divers who dive the Maldives every year to true beginner divers and every one was accomidated with safety and fun. Salt Cay is a place where you are made to feel at home and are treated like part of the community. My husband is a nondiver . He spent the days biking around the Island and reading. If you want peace and quiet this is the place,other than at night the donkeys and chickens and wind can get pretty loud.Tradwinds is a great place . We had the deluxe suite with kitchen . Good thing, food is hard to come by; Netty's only has limited non-perishables. We only ate atthe Island Thyme restaurant twice.Our bill for two meals for two was 95 dollars We decided we would make do with netty's and what ever Debbie could get us from Grand Turk.Do take Debbie Up on her offer to get food from Grand Turk Best to do that before you land to give her time to gather .Food is limited on Grand Turk also. Next time we go we will get Debbie to get some things for us that are to heavy or fragile to bring and bring a box of other food . If you eat out bring cash. In fact all food needs to be paid for by cash the only thing you can put on Credit card is the diving related stuff. Debbie gets food for you out of her on pocket so you need to pay her back in cash.It is very nice of her to do this service. If you don't do the meal plan you need to let what ever restaurant you decide to eat at advanced notice of what meal you want and discuss what is available.The standard is to run a tab and settle at the end of stay.You can eat every meal out ,or do what we did and make do on mac &cheese can tuna and soup. I did find snickers bars at Netty's . I lost 10pounds in 10 days and still ate candy . I don't know of any diet claim or fat farm that can promise that! The boat is a Carolina Skiff you do a back roll in off the side . You are helped on with your gear . I had never done back rolls and nervous at first but learned to love it , just hold on to your mask.getting back on boat can be dificult if you come up with tank best to wait for mike to take your weight belt and tank, take off fins and upladder.My favorite dive site was black coral canyon Kelly's annex and rock's Paradise. One day we went to Grand Turk and the wall there is steeper I liked those dives also We never miss

any diving do to weather, there was always some place to dive. Saw turtles on almost every dive 3 octapi 2 during the day 1 at night. the beach in front of Tradwinds is rocky. Great place to look for critters at low tide and beach glaas and pottery. Many other places to snorkle - North beach steep sand beach, other smaller areas all over to discover.Again Debbie and Mike are Great and can help you with any thing. We will be back!

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving Cayman Islands -East End- Dive Lodge
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy, surge, currents, noCurrents
Water Temp 78-84°F / 26-29°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50-140 Ft/ 15-43 M

Dive Policy

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

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 5 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 1 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]
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