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Turks and Caicos Islands
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and Trips for Cruise Ship Visitors:
Certified Scuba Diving with Skills
(max 6 divers): For certified open water divers who have not
been diving in more than 18 months.
of two certified divers. The dive cost is $160 per person for a
one tank dive
$200 per person for a two tank dive,
including tanks, weights, weight belt and dive guide. Gear rental, if
$30 per person including BCD, regulator, mask, fins and snorkel.
Wetsuits are optional, but are available for $10 per person.
Trip (includes mask/fins):
Requires a minimum of four
participants and we take a maximum of 16 snorkelers on any single trip.
All snorkel trips go to two sites, are two hours in duration, and
include snorkel gear if needed. The first site is in shallower water (depths of less
10 feet) which allows snorkelers to see the reef and marine life up
close. The second snorkel site is chosen from one of the over
sites along the famous Grand Turk "wall" in the marine park.
wall is actually a coral reef drop-off that begins in depths of 25-30
feet and plunges to depths of over 7,000 feet! The cost for trips through 15 Dec. 2013 is
$50 per person. The
cost for trips from 16 Dec. 2013 - 15 Dec. 2014 is $60 per person.
*Please note that all rates quoted are exclusive of government tax. It is possible the Turks and Caicos Islands government will be implementing a new tax on 1 October 2013. Also, please note that our equipment has a weight limit of 250 pounds per person.
We ask everyone interested in diving or snorkeling to please take the time to consider the following questions:
Certified divers should think about your most recent dive and ask yourself: Was I comfortable and relaxed in the water? Was my buoyancy well under control? Was my air consumption reasonable? Am I able to perform the basic underwater skills of clearing my mask and my regulator? Would I be comfortable in the water with my dive buddy if a dive instructor was not present? If the answer to one or more of these questions is "no" you should consider our "Introduction to Scuba Diving" trip or our Snorkel only trip. If any of the divers in your party have not logged a dive within the previous 18 months, they must take a refresher course prior to arriving on Grand Turk or book the Certified Scuba Diving with Skills Review trip in order to dive with us.
ANYone considering a snorkeling OR diving excursion should ask yourself: Am I in reasonable physical shape? Can I climb up a boat ladder to re-board a 24-28' skiff from the water without assistance? Are my health and physical condition both well suited to participation in an outdoor sport which is subject to weather and sea conditions? If the answer to one or more of these questions is "no" perhaps a different type of excursion would help you get the most enjoyment from your time on Grand Turk. It is not our intention to dissuade people from either diving or snorkeling activities, but simply to encourage careful thought about the type of excursion best suited to your needs and personal situation so you will have fun during your short time here on our island.
As we are a small operation, not every trip type is available every day, and departure times vary depending on the ship schedule. Please e-mail us with your date of arrival, cruise ship name, number in your party, and trip type preference so we can check specific trip availability for you.
Advance Reservations Are
Ship Passenger Frequently Asked Questions
Booking Terms and
All prices are listed in US $ and are per person
All rates quoted are exclusive of government tax. It is possible the Turks and Caicos Islands government will be implementing a new tax effective in 2014.
A 50% deposit is required to hold a reservation
Full payment required 24 hours prior to arrival
Customer cancellation 7 or more days prior to arrival forfeits 10% of the trip cost
Customer cancellation with more than 24 hours notice but less than 7 days notice forfeit the deposit.
Customers unable to show up for a reserved trip due to the cruise ship cancelling this port of call less than 24 hours prior to arrival forfeit deposit
Customer cancellation less than 24 hours prior to arrival or "no shows" forfeit the trip cost
No refunds will be issued for unused or partially used trips or dives, including dives missed due to illness, ear problems, or customer cancellation of any booked dive. No substitutions or transfers.
Full refunds will be issued for trips cancelled by Blue Water Divers (e.g. in the event of severe weather which would make the trip unsafe)
Prices and conditions subject to change without notice
Any children weighing less than 40 pounds must bring their own floatation device
All children on trips must be accompanied by a responsible adult
About booking a trip with us...
At Blue Water Divers we pride ourselves in what has kept us in business since 1983, and that is small groups and personal service. When booking a trip please take a moment to consider the following. Most of our customers book weeks or even months in advance. Once we make reservations for you, those spaces on the boat are not available to other divers and snorkelers (not just from your ship), so we often have to turn away other business as a result of our obligation to you. In a business as small as Blue Water Divers that can be a very critical situation, as far as numbers of snorkelers/divers and the limits we put on the number of guests per trip.
Our cancellation policy is intended to be fair to our guests and yet prevent significant loss of income to our business. Our policy is to retain the full trip cost when we do not receive at least a 24 hour notice of a cancellation since we have incurred costs arranging and preparing for the trip, and have also lost revenue by turning away other divers and snorkelers (not just from your ship). However, if Blue Water Divers cancels (e.g. in the event of severe weather) a trip, we provide a full refund.
Sadly neither of us has any control over the cruise line! We do understand that you do not control the cruise line's decisions (i.e. changing itineraries, mechanical problems, etc.), which is why we only retain your deposit in the event of a ship cancelling this port of call with less than a 24 hour notice, even though this does not cover our incurred costs or lost revenue. Sometimes one cruise ship will dock and another will not, on the very same day and time. When we receive a cancellation less than 24 hours in advance, regardless of the reason for cancellation, not only have we incurred expenses arranging and preparing for your trip (staff time, fuel cost, boat and gear loading and moving, etc.) and having staff ready to take you out, but we have also lost the potential revenue from other customers by holding a reservation for you. I hope you can understand what an impact this can have on a small business.
Thanks for taking the time to read and understand this side of our business.
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