Researching for your next dive adventure? Some of the things you have to consider include where to go, are you traveling with a group or by yourself, which company to dive with and of course, where to stay. Lucky for you, we are here to help and give you insight on the best-value dive trip!
Where to go
Do consider Turks & Caicos as a destination. This relatively undiscovered country is home to the third largest barrier reef system in the world and several of the world’s top dive sites. TCI has warm weather, clear water, white sand beaches and is made up of over 40 islands and cays with just 8 being inhabited. The Turks and the Caicos Islands are separated by a 35-kilometre/22-mile-wide channel called the Columbus Passage which is a water highway for migrating fish, rays, turtles, dolphins and humpback whales.
The island of Providenciales, known as Provo, brings in the most tourists annually and is best known for its awe-inspiring Grace Bay Beach which has been voted consecutively as the world's best beach. Provo has the advantage of being within access to over 70 miles (112km) of barrier reefs and walls providing homes to a variety of marine life and coral reefs. Popular dive sites off these shores include North West Point, West Caicos, Grace Bay, French Cay, Sandbore Channel and Salt Cay. Aquatic life that you can expect to see on your venture include but are not limited to soft corals, schools of barracuda, blue tangs and reef sharks, horse-eye jacks, lobster, crabs, angelfish, grunts, snappers, groupers, barracuda, turtles, eagle rays, nurse sharks, moray eels, manta rays, hammerheads and humpback whales. You will also see a number of walls starting anywhere from 30 feet and dropping down to 6,000 feet. On the walls you can find barrel sponges, stag horn corals and the occasional giant orange elephant ear sponge. If diving in Salt Cay, you may come across the wreck of a British warship.
Aside from diving, Providenciales is where you will find a number of things to do when you're not diving. Whether it's the 24 hour window that you cannot dive before or after your flight or the extra few days you chose to spend for leisure, you will not be bored. The island also has an international airport with direct flights coming in from popular gateways in the USA, Canada and many other Caribbean islands.
This is entirely up to you and probably comes down to three things: safety, cost and social.
Five days of diving with Dive Provo was the best experience to date. They arranged our 7-day stay at Ports of Call and all the diving. I'm a more advanced diver almost completing divemaster certification. They skillfully took out all ability levels on the same boat and provided the appropriate dive experience at every level. Divemasters and captains were all friendly, experienced and knowledgeable. Safety always came first. The folks in the dive shop were extremely helpful and accommodating as well. I've dove many places in the Caribbean and this was as good as I've found anywhere" - Mark L (TripAdvisor).
Where to stay
Providenciales includes a number of accommodation options catering to all types of travellers. As a diver who will be spending the majority of your days exploring the open water, you probably care less about the amount of amenities included and more about the value.
Ports of Call Resort is all about value and offers competitive rates in comparison to a majority of the resorts on island, clean and modern rooms, along with a variety of amenities that are beneficial to divers. Some of these include locker storage for your equipment, daily expanded continental breakfast, in-room WiFi, a quiet and relaxing atmosphere, and an unbeatable location surrounded by the islands best dining, shops, and tourist attractions.
Picture this – you step off the plane and immediately feel the warm sun basking on your skin; you are now in paradise. You scurry through customs, hop in a taxi for a quick 15-minute drive to the hotel. Upon arrival, you are greeted by our friendly front desk staff for a quick and easy check-in accompanied by a refreshing welcome drink. You open the door to your room to find a bright, clean and open space and comfy bed. You want to get out and explore so you quickly freshen up and make your way out
Up for the beach? It's just a 3-minute walk to our staffed designated beach spot where you can enjoy chaise lounges, umbrellas, stand-up paddle boards, kayaks and beach floats included. There is also a shuttle for those who would prefer not to walk. Maybe you're hungry or looking for a drink? You can choose from dining out at one of our 4-restaurants and bars located on property or the other 20+ that are within a short walking distance. Don't want to dine out? Buy your own supplies from the supermarket beside us and make your own meal using our barbecues and microwaves. The grocery store has a pre-made hot meal station, salad bar and deli for an alternative to dining out. Looking for evening entertainment? Ask our front desk what places have live music or the "hot-spot" for that day, sign out some board games from the front desk and play poolside. Tomorrow's a diving day so you make your way back to your cool and refreshed air-conditioned room for a good nights rest and arrange a wake-up call with our front desk to be ready for 8:15AM departure.
Start your morning off with our daily expanded continental breakfast included for guests. Starting at 6:30AM, you can choose from a variety of items allowing you to supply your body with the energy it needs for the day. While you eat, you can watch for the bus and hop on just before it's ready to leave. While you are off exploring the waters of TCI, we'll be here cleaning your room and getting ready to greet you among your return. Dive Provo will rinse down your equipment and the rest of the evening can be spent exactly as you wish because when you stay at Ports of Call Resort, you are at your home away from home. Nothing but comfort, ease and relaxation.