All the diving around Provo takes place from a boat. Our beautiful shoreline is protected by a continuous barrier reef and we visit dive sites at different areas on the exterior of this reef system. Turks and Caicos scuba diving is all wall diving with some of the most spectacular and most often requested sites up to an hour boat ride away. The shortest boat ride is about 15 minutes, but the distance of the reefs from major civilization accounts for its unspoiled beauty. Due to the depth on many of the wall dives, computer are required for all divers. If a diver does not own a computer, Dive Provo has them available for rent.
Turks and Caicos Scuba Diving
The schedule of diving options at Dive Provo is flexible, extensive and varied. Designed to cater to the needs of novice divers through experienced, the daily schedule includes two tank dives departing at 8:00 am and one tank dives at 2:00 pm.
2 tank dives visit nearly all of the areas around Provo including Grace Bay, Northwest Point, West Caicos, French Cay, Pine Cay and Sandbore Channel. The dive boats depart from the docks at Turtle Cove Marina for diving along Provo’s north shore, and from our dock on the south side of the island for trips to West Caicos and French Cay. Return times from these dives can be any time between 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm depending upon the destination. The south side trips have the later return times. Click here for additional details or to book our 2-tank dives.
The single tank dives all take place out in Grace Bay. A short boat ride from the dock, dives here make for a very relaxing afternoon. The reef starts in about 25 feet of water under the boat and generally slopes off gently to about 120 ft. Spur and groove coral formations offer interesting topography with many nooks and crannies for underwater creatures to hide in and for inquisitive divers to explore. The afternoon boats depart around 2:00 p.m for single tank dive, returning at approximately 4:30 – 5:00 p.m. Click here for additional details about our 1-tank dives.
Each area has numerous dive sites and it’s own special appeal. For divers taking advantage of a package we try to rotate dives around all the areas so you get a taste of the variety Turks and Caicos scuba diving offers.
We believe that divers enjoy the experience more if they feel they are in control of the activity. Divers see more if they are free to dive at their own pace, to a depth they are comfortable with, and as close or far from the boat as they feel safe doing.
We do not dive as groups; everyone following a leader. Instead of worrying about chasing the groups fins or seeing what other people see, by diving as a buddy team you can choose your depth, and swim as slowly of quickly as you want. You can stop to study a particular fish or coral head without worrying about keeping up.
The Dive Guide
The in-water guide is just that for buddy teams. He/she will dive with anyone who does not have a buddy and will plan the dive based on the needs of those divers. Normally they will dive to between 80 and 90 ft the first dive and 60 and 80 ft the second dive. Usually it is not the same guide both dives. The boat crew usually only do 1 dive each so you need to watch your own computers, especially on the second dive, because you will already have a time penalty from the first dive that the dive guide does not need to worry about.
All divers with buddies are encouraged to dive as a buddy team. All Turks and Caicos scuba diving here is wall diving so navigation is simple along the edge of the wall. You swim to the edge, check the current (usually negligible) and turn left or right until ½ your tank or bottom time. You turn around and come back shallower. We help you find the boat by placing a big blow up sausage at the edge of the wall where the turn off back to the boat is. Most moorings are fairly close to the edge of the wall so it is likely you will be able to look up and see the boat from here. If not just swim in from the marker over the plateau and you will soon see the boat.
If you have a buddy we encourage you to dive as a buddy team. During your training you were taught how to descend, orientate yourself and watch your depth and air consumption and to ascend at a safe rate and complete a 3 minute safety stop. We expect you to be able to do this. Most divers are worried about getting lost underwater. Navigation when Turks and Caicos scuba diving is easy along the edge of the wall but if you wish to follow the guide in your buddy team feel free to do so. You can follow at a short distance and still monitor your own gauges. We find many divers will follow the guide for the first dive then go it alone after that. Just let the guide know what you plan to do.
If you cannot remember or are not confident enough to monitor your own gauges you may benefit from taking a private instructor with you on the dive or completing a quick refresher course prior to diving.
A better alternative is to consider the Advanced Course.
To become Advanced Certified you will complete 5 dives over 2 days under the direct supervision of an instructor. You will do Peak Performance Buoyancy, Navigation, a short Deep Dive and 2 other interesting subject areas such as Fish ID, Naturalist of Boat diving. There are knowledge reviews but no final exam and this is a great course for improving diving skills and instilling confidence.
We do not buddy people up with other divers they don’t know. You will dive with the dive guide. Most people come with other divers and do dive as buddy teams so there could be 2 – 6 of you diving with the guide. The guide will plan the dive based on the least experienced of the group and will turn the dive around when the first person gets to ½ a tank. The crew very quickly learn who needs additional help and who they can just keep a relaxed eye on.
Diving is not like riding a bike and if you are not completely comfortable you will find you are unable to descend, or will rush through a tank of air in only a few minutes or worse still panic and miss the fun. So, if you have not dived in a while and your skills are a little rusty you should do a Refresher Course before going diving. It is a good idea to do one with your local dive shop before the trip if you can. If you can’t, consider taking our Refresher course ($225.00). This class consists of a brief lecture going over basic Do’s and Don’ts followed by a short pool session practicing the most critical skills such as mask clearing and regulator retrieval. The Lecture/Pool session runs from 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm. The following morning you will review the dive plan and use of the dive computer and participate in a supervised 2 tank dive including gear. Available most days. Please contact us for details.
Dive Day Preparation
Dive Provo staff offer a complimentary pick-ups and drop-offs outside reception of select Grace Bay area resorts. Please visit our transfers page for details. If you have not already checked in we will need to see your certification card and you will complete a dive waiver. We try to get in touch with you ahead of time so we know what equipment you will need so it is already on the boat for you. If we need to get or change equipment this is done now and once everyone is checked in we go to the boat. Obviously it helps to know ahead of time what equipment people need. If you need to rent equipment we will need a credit card for payment, or if you still need to pay for your dives.
We have 3 boats so there could be 3 buses going in different directions. We call names and get you on the appropriate bus. It is about a 10 minute drive to either marina. At the boat the captain will give a boat briefing and once at the dive site you will receive a thorough dive site briefing. If we have your equipment it will be set up for you on the boat each day. If you are renting our equipment it will also be set up for you. We do this to keep the preparation time to a minimum. Once at the boat you can check you are happy with your equipment and have everything you need to go diving.
On your dive days, bring with you, towels, sunscreen, hats and anything else you need for a boat trip. Tanks and weights and weight belts are already on the boat. If you are Nitrox certified and want to use Nitrox let us know the day before and you gear will be set up on a Nitrox tank for you. We use 32% Nitrox but you will analyze the tanks at the boat.
If you have your own equipment, we will rinse it for you after the dive and store it ready for the next day. You’ll be given name tags so you can pack your own mesh bags and know you have put everything away. These mesh bags will not be opened. We rinse everything inside the bag using fresh water from a hose. If you do not have your own mesh bag you can use one of ours for your stay. We will give you a hanger with your name for your wet-suit. Just make sure you put your suit back on the correct hanger and then you are good to go the next day.
Be sure to drink plenty of water so you do not get dehydrated. We have coolers of filtered water on board and also drink mix such as Tang. There is also food for between dives. We have sliced fruit and for the shorter trips Pan au Chocolat or banana bread; for the longer trips you may find filled croissants or sandwiches. If you have any special dietary requirements we also have a cooler on board for your own food. Feel free to bring what you want.
There are camera rinse buckets on all the boats if you have your own underwater camera. We do rent Nikon cameras and Go Pros for video if you want to try your hand at underwater photography. The cost is $39.00 and we download the picture or video onto a DVD for you. Obviously everyone is keen to capture the experience. However, but we recommend if you have not dived in a while you do not take the camera for your first dive. Get comfortable in the water, enjoy the marine life and the memories and take the camera next time.
Should you wish to have guaranteed privacy we recommend a boat just for you and your companions for your Turks and Caicos scuba diving vacation. Full day Private Charters are available for $1600.00 per day for up to 4 divers – additional divers $100.00 per person. Choose to do 1, 2 or 3 dives. Gear rental, lunch and refreshments included.
BCD ~ Regulator ~ Mask/fin/snorkel set ~ Wet suit ~ Dive Computer
$10.00 for any one item
$18.00 for any 2 items
$25.00 for any 3 items or for the whole set including BCD, regulator, mask, fins, snorkel, wet suit and dive computer.
We add 12% Water sports tax to all rates.
Gear is readily available in a wide variety of sizes. We do not require advanced reservations for gear.