I scheduled my first trip to the Turks & Caicos (Provo) March because I wanted to dive there. I researched dive shops on Provo and found AquaTCI, a small husband and wife operation running out of the South Marina. They looked like just the type of dive operation I like, small groups, fast boat, and "valet" service handling my equipment. I contacted AquaTCI through their website and quickly heard back from Stephanie Wallwork, one of the owners, almost immediately. We emailed back and forth and I ended up scheduling 5 days of two tank diving. Stephanie was very responsive and a pleasure to work with over email (some dive operators are not nearly as responsive to email questions).
I dove with AquaTCI from March 1 through March 5, 2015. As I have been a fast breather, Stephanie had of...
We had such an amazing experience with Stephanie and Bill! We had 4 days of diving, with one day being a 3 tanker. I appreciated their interest in safety over cash. The 3 tank day was stormy and windy and Bill called the dive after 2 tanks. They never had more than 8 in a group and were very accommodating to students gaining certification as well as resort divers.
We were able to see a hump back whale surface, Dolphins (above & below water) reef shark, spotted eagle Rays and the usual suspects; various reef fish.
I've dived many places in the Caribbean an this is definitely the best dive operation I have used. If I go back to T&C it will be solely to dive with Steph and Bill again.
These guys are great!
We saw 3 different species of shark, including a lemon (8 or so in total) on our first dive. Many other fun things to see as well. (Goliath grouper, giant rays, barracuda and many others)
We had the pleasure and honor of being visited by a couple whales, one being in the water 30-40 yards away. Very impressive and memorable. The other one came right up the side of the boat, as if he was coming to say hello...
Bill and Steph are great guides and very safety conscious. They are fun and charismatic. Always pleasant on a dive!
The best thing of all is they have the fastest boat on this side of the island, which allows them to get their pick of the site, each and every day!
You can't go wrong with Aqua TCI
My girlfriend (a certified diver) convinced me to give scuba diving a try on our trip to Turks and Caicos in December. I neurotically researched the various dive companies beforehand and chose this one because of (1) the excellent reviews, (2) Steph's professionalism and friendliness over the phone and (3) the fact that they would allow an uncertified diver to join the others on the boat dive (under Bill's close supervison). The only problem was that they were totally booked by the time I made my decision. Sensing my disappointment, Steph pulled a rabbit out of her hat and off we went diving with her and Bill. They are fun, friendly and very professional. Bill watched me like a hawk while under water for my first time. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I'm getting certified and current...
Last December, I brought my 11-year old to TCI for her OW certification.
Stephanie and Bill planned wonderful dives for us, which were great fun both for a more experienced diver like myself and the total novice like my daughter.
The boat rides fast and very smoothly. Squeaky clean, too. The equipment is superb; new, high end and well maintained. Even had DIN tanks for my regs (far from a given in most Caribbean destinations). Small groups only, destinations custom-tailored to the weather conditions and divers' profiles/experience. Bill and Steph are so friendly and easy-going you feel part of the family right away.
This is a full service club, with hotel pickup/dropoffs, cookies and snacks between the dives, mesh bags for storing your equipment, and fresh water shower on the boat. Ma...
I dove both Marietas and El Morro with Vallarta Adventures in 2014. The dive service was excellent. The dive guides and crew did as much support as each diver needed/wanted and allowed us to take care of things that we preferred to do by ourselves. The visibility was 80 feet or more and we saw a nice variety of wildlife. The crew also provided great entertainment and worked hard to make our 'Adventure' a fantastic experience. Five stars!
My daughter and I did our open water certification with Stephanie and Bill. I am a retired science teacher and realized right away the skills that Stephanie posessed comunicating the concepts needed for safe diving. Bill and Stephanie were thorough in their preparation and relaxed in their demeaner. The two days of certification were planned to allow you to enjoy the dives as well as get a very professional series of lessons. A small group of divers allows for more interaction and camaraderie and that was evident on the two days of diving.
As an individual that values ecological pursuits I was impressed with Stephanie and Bill's active involvement in maintaining the marine environment. It should be an obvious choice for both students and experienced divers to go with Aqua TCI.
Friendliest, personal, safest service!
Turks is an amazing place to dive in the first place. To have experienced and enthusiastic guides who know the islands so well is such a treat.
Bill and Steph deliver great dives and ensure everyone is comfortable and confident before they jump in. Great for all levels of divers, can't wait to dive with them again!
On our 2 tank dive we saw lobster, turtles, sharks, dolphins, lion fish, eels, rays. You just can't beat the beauty of TCI.
I dove the Aeolus back in the early 90s. she had not been down that long. I am looking forward to going back to she how the old girl has aged.
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