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Dive Review of Turks and Caicos Adventures/The Sands in
Turks and Caicos

Turks and Caicos Adventures/The Sands, Feb, 2006,

by Frank Thompson, VA, USA . Report 2272.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Bahamas, Cabo San Lucas, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac, Little Cayman, Key Largo, Atlantic/Virginia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy, dry Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 76 to 78 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recommended max depth on first dive of 85 feet. Not strictly enforced.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 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 3 stars Food 4 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 Dove with Fifi in May for one day and had to come back for more. What I had liked during my May visit was the "no cattle boat" promise on the web site that was fulfilled during the one day trip in May.

In February 2006 it was a different story. On two occasions, there were 26 divers (not including crew) on one boat! It was a cattle boat to say the least. I asked Fifi about this and he replied that it would still be a good experience and better than his competitors. The crew was great at all times. Very professional and friendly. The dives were overall very good with an abundance of sharks and Eagle rays seen.

The space aboard the boat was horrible. It was difficult to move and gear up on the crowded boat days (3 out of 5 days) where the number of divers exceeded 25. There was no mention of taking out the second Cat just sitting there waiting to be used. Fifi was also not aboard on any of the trips during this visit.

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