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Great Staff at Coral Gardens
Just got back from a weeks stay (6/5 - 6/12) at Coral Gardens. My wife and I on our 10 year anniversary trip. It was fantastic. The staff (Andre, Minor, Nuwan, Charles, Haidie, Bentley, etc) did everything they could to cater to your needs. Everyone was friendly and willing to chat. We stayed in a 1BR Grande Suite, which was very nice. The porches could use to be screened in, the mosquitos were pretty bad at night. We ate at Coyaba twice and they were two of the best meals I've had. Also did Hemingways at the Sands (very good). We did the 5 course beach meal and it was awesome, highly recommended. Great food right on the beach under the tiki torches. Met some very nice folks (Craig, Deedee, Dennis, Eilene), we had a great time, take it from the Professor. Minor made sure our wine glasses were full. Went to Danny Buoys and that was good also. Had breakfast one morning at the beach restaurant and it was very good. Breakfast wasn't in our plan, so we went to the IGA and loaded up on fruit, bread, cheese, lunchmeat, beer and wine. $200 worth lasted us the week for breakfast and lunch. The snorkeling in front of the complex was great. It did attract large crowds, but it is what it is. We saw turtles, rays and a big barracuda. Charles was by every hour with cold wash cloths and sorbet every day at 2:00pm. My wife went to the SPA one day and raved about it. Very good massage at a comparable price, plus she said the setting was very nice.
I went bonefishing one day with Barr Gardiner of Bonefish Unlimited. What a blast. Barr was great and very patient with his student. It was very expensive though, $650 for a day. I looked around, he was the least expensive, and the only one to specialize in bonefishing. I also went another time with Bentley from the dive shop and his cousin. They took me to Bonefish Point, where they were handlining and I fly fished. Very easy wading. Wasn't very good fishing that day, but it was beautiful. I bought them lunch at Bugaloos for their trouble. What a great place! Great Conch selection (fritters, cracked, chowder) right on the beach.
Here are my tips for a trip to T&C, Coral Gardens or not:
One of the best beaches I've been to (Grace Bay), and I've been to every island in the Caribbean. Only St. John rivals it.
Sunscreen, sunscreen sunscreen. Bring, it's expensive on the island
Bug Spray - the mosquitos got bad after 5:00pm
Collapsable cooler. This was a life and money saver. Bought beer and the IGA and loaded it up every day at the beach. Also, can coolies. It was very hot (90's) when we were there.
We took cabs. Everyone agreed to $4/person each way. Make sure you confirm this with the taxi before you leave.
Not much to do on this island if you don't scuba, snorkel, fish or tan. Shopping is minimal, but there are enough stores to get some good souvineers.
This was written pretty hastily, I'm sure I have a few typos and missed a couple of things. All in all, a great trip and great place to stay.
Great trip to Coral Gardens, Provo
We just returned a couple of weeks ago from Coral Gardens. Had a very
relaxing week of reading and snorkeling right in front of the hotel. All the
employees were wonderful. We were very polite to them and we were
treated great by everyone. In fact I am trying to get my husband to go
back and take our college age daughter with us before school starts in the fall.
We had some great meals at nearby restaurants. Baci had great pizza.
Sharkbite was fun and so was Tiki Hut. Our favorite was Hemmingways
at the Sands. We met some really nice couples during our stay and it was fun to have someone to visit with and have dinner with at night. Great week!!!
Allegro All-Inclusive Resort
If your priority is enjoying the beach and the water with very little fuss, this relaxing all-inclusive resort is a great place to stay. No need to wonder about where and when to eat. Food and drinks were good (though not great) and there were activities for those who wanted them, but absolutely no pressure to join in. Rooms were standard, nothing fancy but clean and functional .... and isn't the objective to spend as LITTLE time there as possible anyway?? The all-important beach is right at your doorstep and it couldn't be any more perfect (read on .....). The beach is among the best in the world. The water is clean and clear, and the sand is pristine. No murky bottom or worrying about stepping on rocks when in the water here. Gentle rolling waves, beach slopes very gently, doesn't drop away suddenly like some places. It doesn't get any better than this.
You can do a little snorkeling right at the resort, but you're also within a half hour's walk or a short taxi ride of one of the best spots on the island (by the Coral Gardens hotel).
The pool here is also great! Shallow sloping edge at one end for smaller children. My favourite: loungers complete with drink rest built right into the pool for those who just want to relax and enjoy the water and the sun. Lots of umbrellas and chairs. Pool volleyball for those with energy. The pool is so huge that it's never crowded. It also has two built-in jacuzzis. Can't say enough about this pool, next to the beach it's the resort's best feature.
More of my Allegro photos
The Best Kept Secret on Provo - Coral Gardens
We just returned from the most relaxing week of fun and sun we have experienced in years. From the moment we met Hugh on Sunday evening at check-in in our condo until we checked out this past Saturday, we could not have had a better experience. The weather was perfect, 82-85 degrees everyday, partly cloudy most days, gentle breeze everyday (not windy at all), low humidity with no rain until early Saturday morning as we were preparing to come home. If you want to relax, the place to stay is Coral Gardens. Being a small property, the entire staff knew us by name on the second day. The resort staff, (Ricardo, Hugh, Charles, Minor, Angie, Nuwan, Basilio,etc) bent over backwards to provide any service we needed. We arrived late on Sunday and the restaurant stayed open late so we could get a meal. Ricardo and Hugh cheked on us multiple times everyday to ensure we were having a positive experience. The made all dinner reservations for us and arranged taxi service (that was always on time) when requested. Charles took care of our beach service needs. I spoke to him the first morning we were there and every morning for the rest of the trip, we had an umbrella and chairs awaiting our arrival at the beach. I never saw him without a smile on his face. Every afternoon he delivered the sorbets (if you missed him when he made his rounds, we told him we missed the sorbet and he promptly delivered one). On Tuesday evening, they have a five course meal on the beach. Don't miss it. Being a small property, we quickly met almost everyone staying last week. The reef in front of the property provides the best snorkeling on Grace Bay. We did not rent a car, but took taxi service ($4 per person each way) out for dinner every night. The cost to rent a car would have been about $60/day and the roads are in terrible shape with the excpetion of the Leeward Highway. If you don't plan on doing much exploring, I recommend taking a taxi or the Gecko shuttle. We did not use the Gecko but you may want to check into this service. Go to the IGA and buy groceries. While the groceries were expensive, it saves money from eating lunch out everyday. We ate breakfast every morning at the restaurant (try the Caisos muesli and mango pancakes - breakfast is served from 8-11:30 but if you need to eat before that, just tell the staff and they will accomodate your request to eat as early as you like) and dinners at Hemingways (excellent meal and reasonably priced), Tiki Hut (for the ribs and chicken - $12.95 per person- this is a must on Wednesday evening, get there by 6:30 to avoid the lines), Magnolia (great view of the harbor, magnificent sunset, excellent food), and Anaconoa (best sunset but worse service and poor food - have a drink, watch the sunset and eat someplace else). After this poor experience, we wish we would have tried Coyaba. Several of the folks we met, ate the BBQ dinner at the beach on Friday and they all said it was excellent. One of the best amenities of Coral Gardens is having Matthew as the dive master. He certified me in the pool on Monday, took us out for a short dive around the reef and then arranged for a two tank dive with Fifi on Caicos Adventures. Just tell Matthew (if Matthew is out, see Bentley) what activities you would like to do on vacation and he will provide excellent suggestions and make all the arrangements. Being my first dive, he was my dive buddy and took care of us the entire trip. We went out to west Caicos (about 15 miles from Provo) for our dive. Great experience. Also, we told Matthew we wanted to take a trip to see some of the outer islands. He arranged for us to go with Sail Provo on their 54 ft catmarran to see Iguana Island (get in the group with the gentleman that runs the island for some great stories), do some snorkeling, have lunch, and swim on a beautiful isolated beach. This was a 4 hour trip. Sail Provo will pick you up at the hotel and bring you back at the end of the trip. One trip I wish we had taken was to Middle Caicos to see the caves. Everyone we spoke with that took this trip said it was a great adventure. When leaving Coral Gardens, depart around 2 hours prior to your flight time. The airport can be a zoo.
Coral gardens - Bight Reef
Coral Gardens is a small area of Grace Bay that has a coral reef right next to the shore. The actual reef is cordened off, partly to protect it, and also to protect swimmers from being injured. However you can snorkel around the edge of the reef and from the moment you step into the sea you will find fish coming up to you and checking you out. Around the adge of the reef there are also a number of plaques on the sea bed providing information on some of the fish and coral you will see.
It can get a bit crowded so my advice is to get there early. There is a Coral Gardens hotel that fronts the beach at this spot and the beachside cafe is very good and reasonably priced for such a great setting.
I researshed for months and now know I made the right decision in picking Coral Gardens. We had a 2 BR 3rd floor penthouse-WOW. Incredible views,huge rooms, granite/stainless steel kitchen. Beautiful grounds. The snorkeling was the best I've seen and I've been to alot of destinations. The beach is unbeatable.
The staff were all very friendly. The downside was the small pool that seemed to need skiming all the time , the housekeeping that came at the end of the day and then was out of linens, and sorry to say but we didnt like the breakfast at the Beach Cafe. Even though it was includeded we opted to get food elsewhere.
Many of the other resorts have construction on premises. There is some behind Coral Gardens but not a problem at all. No good snorkeling at the other hotels, so if thats what your going for then stay at Coral Gardens. The lower road is horrible but the upper Leeward hwy is fine. Not much reason to rent a car for more than a day though. Any excursions will pick you up. We highly recommend Big Blue eco tour in which you kayak to see the iguanas/ shell/and visit the mangroves. Provo Ponies and JB tours were alot of fun.
Followup to August 2004 Trip - We still love this place!
We are currently on vacation for the second time in 9 months at Coral Gardens (see first review on August 31st, 2004). Our first trip we had to leave Turks and Caicos due to Hurricane Frances. Since the hotel guarantees that if you are evacuated due to a hurricane, you will have a free trip in the future.
Needless to say, they stick to their promises here. So, we are here now, for free, in a larger room overlooking the ocean. Just like last year, Andre and his staff have been wonderful to us. In fact, they all remembered us! I cannot say enough great things are Coral Gardens. Great location, wonderful people, laid back atmospher. Stay here if you can!
We stayed at Coral Gardens from June 3rd to June 10th. On our way from the airport, we asked the taxi driver to stop at the local IGA so we could pick up groceries. (This turned out to be a good idea). We stayed in an oceanfront suite on the second level. We were greeted on our arrival by Ricardo who immediately sat us down for a complimentary rum punch at the beach cafe as our room was not ready yet. The room was spacious and very clean.
There is no lobby here as the rooms are actually condos that are owned by different people. The small open, beachfront cafe also serves as a lobby (which is fine) and has an internet terminal (free) to use.
We had perfect weather all week. We met Brant and Kathy from Detroit, DeeDee and Craig from Minnesota, and Mike and his wife from Baltimore. The 8 of us enjoyed the Tuesday night dinner on the beach which we would highly recommend. Minor made sure we had a great time.
The best thing about this hotel is the staff. We have traveled throughout much of the Caribbean and found the employees here to be the most attentive to the guests. My husband had brought back a large conch from his excursion and Bently offered to take it out of the shell and Betty was wonderful to make cracked conch with it for us.
The food at the beach cafe is standard fare. Our breakfast was included daily which helped to cut costs. We ate at the beach cafe most of the time and went to Hemingways one night at the Sands. That was a fantastic dinner.
We spent most days at the beach. This was our 3rd time to Turks and Caicos and we chose this hotel because of it's close proximity to the reef where people come to snorkel. Charles was great about keeping non-guests off the coveted beach chairs and brought out cold towels regularly and sorbet at 2:00 p.m. each afternoon.
We will definitely return to Coral Gardens and would highly recommend this resort.
One of our better tropical vacations (and we've been to many!)
The review below is based on our trip from April 29-May 8, 2005. We stayed at Coral Gardens in Providenciales (Provo), Turks and Caicos. You can see all of our photos and detailed itinerary at http://www.shuweb.com.
This vacation was truly relaxing and rejuvenating. The beach couldn't be better, though Vera would argue that there is not enough shade (I concur). This is really a beach island, and so if you're there to enjoy the sand, water, the sun and rum, this is the island for you. If you're looking to experience local culture, you'll more likely find American culture instead (complete with TV and radio from Miami and New York).
For us, this island is definitely worth visiting again (once we're done seeing the other islands around the world). Just make sure that you bring plenty of cash (everything is expensive here), sun screen, and some mosquito repellents.
Our thanks go to Hugh and Ricardo at the Coral Gardens who bent over backwards for us during our stay. They have truly made our stay at the Coral Gardens wonderful. If there is anyone who wishes to spend a week on a resort with the perfect snorkeling site, this is the place.
The crowd at Coral Gardens seems slightly different from some of the other resorts. It seems a little more affluent, mature (though there were kids there too, but nothing compared to what I saw at Beaches), and intimate. I'd take this resort over Beaches or Club Med.
You'll see our comments about the restaurant below.
Other Stuff on the Island
Some other stuff, in case you want to travel there:
- It's about 3 hours from New York's JFK into Provo;
- The local currency is the US Dollar;
- Visas are generally not required, but if you want to verify, go to the Tourism Board. They list the countries that need visas;
- Make sure that you check out the Discussion Forums on the web. One in particular that was very helpful was TCI Forum.com;
- If you want to learn more about activities, restaurants and property ownership, go to the Where When How website. It's a great resource (and it's the most read magazine for visitors on the island).
The restaurants in Provo comes with rather mixed reviews. Generally speaking, the prices at the restaurants are higher than what I would have paid. Dinner generally cost at least $100 for two, and lunch about $50. Then again, you pay for the view of the white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, and the hot Caribbean sun.
The Beach Café is the casual restaurant at the Coral Gardens. The menu is not extensive, but they are generally good. The best dinners, though, were those that were not on the menu.
Every Tuesday night, the resort guests are invited to a five course meal on the beach. Everything on the menu that night was absolutely fantastic, especially the beef that was so perfectly marinated. Because we all sat together, it was also a great environment to mingle freely with the other guests.
The second was the BBQ at the café. The shrimp and conch were delicious, the chicken and ribs very good. The BBQ may have been the best on the island (or were we just hungry after a day of enjoying the beach?).
The Beach Café was also the place to hang out when we were not on the beach. It is located just steps from the marine preserves. Thus, it was also a great place to people watch.
Anacaona comes with very mixed reviews.
Anacaona is a restaurant in the Grace Bay Club. The atmosphere for dinner is spectacular: large thatched roofs with star like decorations dangling overhead, a view looking out to the ocean. There are palm trees that are perfectly lit, casting a warm, sleepy shadow around us. In the distance, just over the small retaining wall, are the hypnotic rhythms of ocean waves. The atmosphere was perfectly set for a great dinner.
But service is another matter. As it is in anything in TCI, time moves slowly, but the service here moves at record slow speed. If you order sparkling water, don’t expect to have it refilled again unless you ask for it, and don’t go there hungry, because the dinner plate won’t come until an hour after the initial order. The food was good overall, and the dessert, chocolate gramardine (chocolate lava cake), was excellent. If only they can improve on service.
One of the morning rituals among the guests at our resort was to share our experiences from the previous day. Our assessment of Anacaona was consistent with other guests who went on different nights.
Coyaba is located at Coral Gardens. Upon entering Coyaba, we were surrounded by lush greenery, as if we were in an oasis (think Lion King, where Timon and Pumba live). A group of California wine, along with various greenery, is the centerpiece of the restaurant (how ironic).
The service is good at this restaurant, as the food came in minutes and not an hour as was the case at Anacaona. The wine list is apparently extensive, though the wines are all from California.
Overall, the dinner was good, and the Ultimate Chocolate Pot was good. The only thing that bothered me was that the chocolate came in a rather large container, and only a few pieces of biscotti for it. When I asked for more biscotti, I was flatly denied. They could have spared a few biscotti, especially considering that the dessert alone was $20....
Salt Mills Café
We stumbled onto the café after our shopping at the Salt Mills. The restaurant is located just across from the CZP office (real estate firm), and it had a very pleasant, modern atmosphere, and it reminded me of the newer shopping developments in California. The wait staff were very cordial, and the food was pretty good. For some reason, Vera and I had a craving for pasta with red sauce, and the Salt Mills satisfied it. There's something to be said about eating hot pasta in the boiling sun. Vera's pasta a little too oily, however.
One night, we ate at the Terrace at the Aqua Bar. The food was good and the service was decent, if you take into consideration that things in Provo move at a slower pace.
This is more like a party atmosphere: the restaurant is set outside, next to the port. There is reggae and dance music playing nearby and the Corona mascot parading up and down the port. It’s a good experience if you’re looking for dinner with a party.
The Plunge at the Palms
The Plunge was a great place to have lunch. The Plunge is located next to the resort’s pool, and as the name suggests, is set below ground level. The lemonade is made to order on the spot, the Kobe Beef burger satisfied my hunger (ever wanted to pay $20 for a burger? This is the place.), and the staff were very friendly. This restaurant was a good find, perhaps one of my better experiences on the island.
If there is a restaurant to NOT go to for dinner, it must be The Gecko Grille. The inside reminds me of the Flames restaurant, and the outside is basically a patio area that feels more like a yard. The chair is cheap and uncomfortable, the bread stale. My plate, which was the special entrée of the day, was linguini with scallops and broccoli in red sauce. It was basically the equivalent of macaroni and cheese with scallops and broccoli. The linguini was drowning in the cream sauce. At least the lemonade was good.
Other Restaurants I Wish I Had Time To Try: WhereWhenHow[-]
- Sharkbite Cafe
- Tiki Hut
Shopping: Ports of Call
For anyone interested, the Ports of Call is a small (and may I emphasize SMALL) group of shops (and a bank) just steps from the Comfort Suites. You can find some great T-shirts at Caicos Adventures and at Mama’s souvenir shop. It’s about a 5 to 10 minute “bus” (i.e, small van) ride that only costs $3. Very nice.
The Island: Provo
I can see how someone from New York would come to TCI. It’s only a three hour flight from JFK (and Atlanta, I understand), but it’s a world apart from the big city life (and don’t forget the icy conditions in the winter). But for anyone who wants to be reminded of their city life can turn on the TV and watch satellite TV and watch local New York news (complete with traffic reports and weather). We can sort of understand why people would want to buy real estate in Provo.
If there is one thing that bothers everyone, it’s the mosquitoes. And there are many here. You can buy 100% Deet here in TCI, but one thing for sure, you can’t escape them.
If there is one thing that I wish Provo would change (aside from all the construction going on in the island) is the road. I wish that they have more paved roads. The roundabouts can stay.
Truly a Relaxing Experience!
Turks & Caicos! The islands are not lush; as a matter of fact they are nondescript until you see the beaches and the crystal clear water. It was amazing to see the water change from every color of green to every shade of blue imaginable! I was able to clearly see straight to the bottom in 20 feet deep water. For all of the hype that Grace Bay receives (and deservedly so), it pales in comparison to the other islands such as Middle Caicos! For me, the best way to describe T & C is that it is that it is much like Cancun and the Bahamas 30 years ago before they became over-developed. T & C truly has a charm about it that doesn’t exist too much anymore (however you can see that starting to change with all of the construction going on.)
We arrived at the Coral Gardens on July 9, 2005 to perhaps the smallest commercial airport I’ve ever seen. We were immediately met by our taxi (arranged by C.G.) and provided a rum punch and a wet towel. I was amazed to see so many of the roads were not paved but rather a series of pot holes fashioned into a road. Thankfully I wasn’t driving my car down there! Upon arrival at C.G., Ricardo met us and took us to the room for the check in. C.G. has no front desk or lobby area. As we would find out, the center of all activity and or the common area for the guests and staff was the beach front restaurant.
Our room was #4301 which was on the 3rd floor and overlooking the beach. What impressed me most was the floor to ceiling doors that stretched the entire width of the living room. These doors could be opened the entire width of the room giving access to the patio. The patio was one of the main reasons why we chose the C.G. Check out the attached pic's to get a better view. The room was clean when we 1st arrived and everything was in proper working order. The maid staff did a mediocre job at best in making up the room everyday. They did not change out the bed linens ever day as I could tell when I felt sand in the bed from the day before. The towels that they used were well on their way to being a tad bit worn as well. However, all things being said, I loved this room! On a side not, I’m accustomed to leaving a tip every morning for the maid in which they never took?
When you get to C.G. make sure you get a taxi and run over to the I.G.A. supermarket and pick up lunch meat, sodas, beer and such. With a built in and fully accessorized kitchen, you’ll save quite a bit of money. Eating out for lunch everyday can really add up! The free breakfast at C.G. wasn’t bad and then again it wasn’t great either. Then again, it was free if you ordered off the list on the menu. The lunch menu was also non-descript as well, although I will say that I had perhaps the best cheeseburger I’ve ever had. The Coyaba Restaurant in C.G. is supposed to be the best restaurant on the island from all of the reviews that I’ve read and guess what, we didn’t go! However with a big caveat, we did have a moonlight dinner on the beach which I’m sure was prepared by the Coyaba chef. This is an experience that you don’t want to miss! The food was very delectable! Is Coyaba on par with a five star restaurant in Chicago? No, I’d put it in a 3 ½ to 4 star range. However the view and ambience of Grace Bay along with five different wines (one for each course) makes this experience rate 10 stars outta’ 5!
Hands down, very very good. I bet they only had a dozen folks working but everyone was truly dedicated to making sure our stay was enjoyable. At times, the restaurant crew was on “island time” but it wasn’t too bad. Ricardo was truly a gem. This guy could easily give a Four Seasons Manager/Concierge a real run for the money! At the end of our stay, we looked at Ricardo more as a friend than a hotel employee? Go figure? Mathew at the dive shop was equally impressive. Heck this guy goes for night dives right off the beach in front of the C.G. Further more, he’s actually got names for all the fish around the Coral Gardens! Mathew made sure we took the right daily excursions and made sure we had a great time.
In short, next to nothing compared to bigger resorts on other islands. If you like the beach, you’re set. If you want to do anything else, go see Mathew for excursions. The resort is just too small. For that matter, T & C is just not that developed compared to Cancun or the Bahamas. T & C and C.G. are best at one thing and that is relaxation.
Everything you have read or will ever read is true. Grace Bay is truly unbelievable! The beaches are very similar to the beaches of Cancun. The sand is very fine and hard to get off. The water is truly amazing with no peers short of the South Pacific. You are not going to get any crashing waves at C.G. or Grace Bay because of the outer reef. At C.G. you will find that it is a National Park and protected. Right Off the shore (20 yards), you will find a protected reef. You will see more fish than you can imagine just 5 yards off the shore. Some of them will even nip at ya’! Not to worry it’s very safe. As nice as Grace Bay is, wait until you see Middle Caicos and Mugin Harbor. We saw these on an excursion that Mathew set up for us and it made Grace Bay look like nothing special. It’s hard to believe but very true.
Don’t pay any attention to the weather updates. Short of a hurricane you might get a quick shower or a thunderstorm that may last 5 minutes or at worst a couple of hours. In the 7 days we were there, we had one day were it rained for about 4 hours. Other than that, we had maybe 3 or 4 quick showers that didn’t last very long. I might add that the weather updates said it would be overcast everyday with thunderstorms every day for seven days. Thank God they were wrong!
Coral Gardens is best visited in the off months of summer. We were one of only a handful of couples and felt as though we had the entire resort to ourselves. C.G. is not a 4 star resort but don’t let that you stop you from going. There is something to be said for a small and intimate resort where the staff has the time to treat you like royalty. Are there better resorts in T & C? From what I’ve seen walking by them on the beach, I’d say yes in some areas but certainly not hands down. In my opinion, Coral Gardens top three:
1.Beach with the Coral Reefs right off the shoreline
2.The staff is really that good
3.The patio overlooking the beach was paradise 2-3 hours every morning for me
If you book your reservations with Marci via the Coral Gardens (she is their reservationist located in Canada) be VERY careful as what she quoted and what I was billed were way off ($1,000!) Although she quoted the correct room rate, taxes and service fees the “Total Stay” line was off by $1,000. I made the assumption that her math was correct. I’m waiting to see if C.G. will make this right?
Margarita and Johnnie Walker
The water is perfect
A large display of Haviana Flips
Looking for the "White House"
We were in Provo last in 1996 and were married at the White House, Grace Bay. I cannot find any listings for the White House now. Does anyone know if this place still exists and if so what it is now called? We want to return for a 10 year anniversary trip.
Re: Looking for the "White House"
It no longer exists on its own. Now part of Coral Gardens.
On the way to Grace Bay next week. Any suggestions on a good dive operator?
RE: Dive companies
Sorry I missed the timing on your request, but see my posting in the Turks forum dated January 31st of this year. Hopefully you found someone other than Silver Deep, but if you used them, hopefully you had a better experience than I did. --Eric
RE: Dive companies
Went diving last year in Turks & Caicos. Matthew Williams runs Cactus Voyager Tours, a dive operator at Coral Gardens condos. He is by far one of the best guides I've had. Very safety concious and dives to your limits. He takes you to great sites and knows a lot about the area. It was very easy to relax and take in the sites knowing he was my guide. Very reasonable rates as well.
Hope this helps!
RE: Dive companies
I've gone with Flamingo Divers in the past. They'll pick you up in the morning and their boats dont go out with more than 6 or so divers, so its a nice small group. Nothing is worse than a boat of 12 divers. Theyve changed hands a couple times since I last dove with them, but I already have a trip planned to dive with them again in December 06. Turks is my favorite dive spot so far.
Re: Dive companies
Big Blue in Leeward.