Turks & Caicos Trip Report
Caribbean diving extraordinaire, that¨s diving in Turks & Caicos aboard the Turks & Caicos Aggressor II. Our group of 12 was joined onboard by six other guests from the U.S., Turks & Caicos itself & the United Kingdom.
The boat has a capacity of twenty divers and there were 18 of us with lots of space to spread out on the dive deck. Air/nitrox fills were available at each dive station; you picked your gas & they filled tanks quickly after each dive. Fills were between 2900 & 3100 PSI routinely & nitrox ranged between 32-33%. Water temp ranged between 81 and 83 degrees the whole week and visibility was between 60-80 ft.
Our first day¨s diving was off northwest point Provo, and some of the group saw a Hammerhead off the wall on the FIRST DIVE!
¸The Crack” off NW point features a deep sea anemone with a diamond blenny in residence; Other dives featured huge sponges, sea fans & lots of grouper in cleaning stations.
After the first day¨s diving at Provo, we were off to West Caicos & then French Cay. French Cay is known for frequent Caribbean reef shark encounters and we weren¨t disappointed. Several dives were spent photographing the sharks and turtles swimming right under the boat; angelfish & grouper as well as the usual ¸Caribbean suspects” were in residence also.
We were chased away from French Cay after only one day of diving because ¸Dennis the Menace” was threatening in the distance and there isn¨t a safe mooring space at French Cay.
Our week finished off back at NW point for the final dives of the trip and besides the ¸milestone dives” of some of the group members, 5 of the guests completed their nitrox certification and TME managed to complete the components of his AOW certification as well as deep, night, boat & navigation specialties! He was a hard worker and only needs his rescue cert to obtain his master scuba diver certification!
Congratulations to all!
Dave the chef was absolutely awesome & we all loved his meals & especially his snacks! Celebrations for 200, 400, 500 & 800 dives earned a gorgeous chocolate brownie cake trimmed in fresh strawberries! The barbeque up on the sundeck one evening was a great hit and his delicious soups and entrees were well appreciated by the gang.
The rest of the staff was fabulous also. Capt. Piers, as usual, was a gracious host but willing to share his photo expertise and knowledge of the reefs. He gallantly led Mary through her feared second night dive and coached Marsha on fine photo techniques!
Amanda, the photo pro, was unable to dive because of a foot injury so Piers gallantly took her D70 in hand and took underwater photos of everyone. Lucie put together an awesome video of the week¨s activities both above and below the water and Gary & Matt were divemasters extraordinaire. What a great crew they were.
Photographic subjects were present and willing on each & every dive.