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Dive Review of BEACHES in
Turks and Caicos

November, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Charles Levine, PA, USA
Report Number 1458
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cayman Islands, Bonaire, Bahamas, Florida, St. Vincent, Pennsylvania
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Regardless of level of experience, number of dives, presence of buddies,
dives were restricted to a maximum of 60 feet for 30 minutes on all dives.
Night dives $60 per diver, not done.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
1 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 stars  
No safe place on the boat to work on cameras, no fresh water rinse tank on
boat.  Shared fresh water tank with fins and masks on shore!
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
Beaches is billed as an "all-inclusive, family resort."  All
non-motorized water sports are "included." I attended a
conference at the resort with 70 divers. We were asked no less than three
times in the months and weeks leading up to the conference about diving
abilities, dive log histories, etc., and yet had to complete yet another
questionaire on arrival to the dive shop.  Several divers who hadn't dived
in 18-24 months found out, last minute, that they'd have to do a full
refresher course, at additional cost, instead of diving the first two days!
 Most would have done a refresher at home before arriving in Turks had they
known this policy in advance.

The dive operator was woefully unprepared to accomodate 70 divers with
their three 42 foot boats. Divers were randomly assigned 30-36 per boat,
regardless of skill level or previous diving experience. We were so late in
leaving the dock first afternoon that the second dive became a
twilight/evening dive, much to the DM's chagrin. Dive briefings were poor
to non-existent.  Dive profiles were straightforward: 60 feet for 30
minutes max.  I've never come back with so much air after each dive.  

Weather washed out our fourth day, but when we showed up on day 5, we were
told that since we had missed the previous day, and hadn't signed up for
day 5, we couldn't dive, despite booking a six day/two tank/day package! 
When we then tried to sign up for the sixth and final day, we're told that
we had to sign up 24 hours in advance (0900 on day 5 for 0800 departure on
day 6) but had missed the deadline!!  Needless to say, Beaches left several
dozen divers attending a conference at their resort VERY upset and

Reefs (what we saw of them) looked reasonably healthy.  Sponges and corals
don't show much evidence of damage or overuse.  Fish variety was adequate,
but the "follow the leader" requirements and limited depth/time
profiles left little time to explore and absorb the wildlife.

If you have a family with young children and want a clean, family oriented
resort and are willing to spend several hundred dollars/person/day, Beaches
is for you.  If you want to dive to your abilities and explore Turks and
Caicos underwater, Beaches is definitely NOT for you.  This is a resort
that just happens to have some boats, some instructors, and some dive
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