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My dive log is filled with exceptional sites, but none come close to Old Providence Island

My dive log is filled with exceptional sites, but none come close to Old Providence Island. Tad took care of all the arrangements for my first trip in 2008. Take my word for it – you can’t do OPI without Tad. Over the past three years, I haven’t found a better overall dive trip value: the airfare is still cheap, the accommodations are comfortable and convenient, the dive operators are competent and caring; and the island offers a fascinating combination of history and nature. To get the most out of your trip, you should try to find a copy of “The Colonizing Activities of the English Puritans,” as well as “Adventures in Marine Biology.” The first details the early history of the island and the second focuses on the life of the islanders, mostly in the 1970s. Also, you might be able to track down a copy of Felipe Cabeza’s dive site guide, written by one of OPI’s celebrity divers. A few years ago, both of the big diving magazines carried effusive articles about OPI, and they are posted on their websites. In addition to diving and snorkling, you should hire a motor scooter to explore the island. Make sure you ask Tad about the crabs and the cockspur! The bottom line, though, is Tad Miller himself: he’s one of the island’s favorite sons and took a sincere interest in making my trip a success. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to share my plans for my next visit.

Tim Cutler

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