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Dive Review of TGI Diving/Paradise Beach Club in

September, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Jeff Newhook, TX, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4087
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Belize, Tahiti, Aruba, Brazil, Turks and Caicos
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Our dive master, Sylvie, has studied photography and has a very indepth
knowledge of the reef life.  She taught me the photograpy portion of my
Advanced Open Water card and continued to give me pointers throughout the
trip.  The boats accommodated UWP by having fresh water buckets for
cameras.  Got some awesome photos of corals and small critters along with
some large fish and eels.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
Hands down this is the best dive vacation that we have had yet!  Two things
were the main contributors to this experience; our dive master Sylvie
Mastellone and the reef in Rotan.  

Sylvie clearly loves her job and loves to educate others on the beauty of
diving.  During the pre-dive brief she would explin in great detail the
plan and what we would see, during the dive she would look for a point out
everything, after the dive on the boat she would follow up and then once
back to the dive shop she would take out the fish identification book and
review what we saw!  I also did my Advance Open Water with Sylvie and she
was an awesome instructor.  

The reef in Rotan is amazing, it is in excellent condition and I hope that
it can stay this way as more people find out about it.  This is definitely
a place we'll return to.  Large and colorful corals like I've never seen
before as well as large and small fish which make for excellent subjects
for photos.

The dive operator TGI had a nice boat and were punctual, the other dive
masters knew their stuff and all the staff were friendly.  We would use
them again.

Paradise Beach Resort is a nice hotel, rooms were spacious and clean (we
had a one bedroom suite with kitchen), food at restaurant was excellent and
the staff aimed to please (they changed our room on check in after we
discovered that we had 2 single beds instead of the king we requested).  It
is right on West Beach.

We went in September so it was fairly quite with no crowds on the beach or
boats; the staff said that this was the slow time so that may have
contributed to the experience.

We did the Dolphin experience at Anthony's Key and would definitely
recommend this to everyone!  Go in the morning if you can because the water
was very silty when we went in the afternoon, and pay extra to swim with

They have noseeums or sand fleas, deet didn't work against them but Sylvie
recommended baby oil and this did work so take some with you.

If you want a place to relax and get awesome diving in this is the place!
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