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Dive Review of Beaches in
Turks and Caicos

Beaches, Feb, 2005,

by Robert Mc Donald, BC, Canada . Report 1569.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Mexico, Hawaii, StLucia, British Columbia, Cuba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 0 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 100 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions Most day because the boat was mainly open water we only when to 60 feet 30 minutes, On two occassion there was enough people to form two group one open water and one advanced, on these day we dove down to 90'. No issue with dive reservation.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Dry table on board and one bucket of water to rinse the camera after the dive. Rental were available at a cost.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 2 stars
Comments Read the review for this resort on the Feb issue. I got a very different experience. Our was pretty good overall, most dive were at 60' for 30 Minutes. But we did dive up to 90' on 4 dive just because there was enough advance diver on the boat. My wife and I both dove on our own since we had dive computer we were aloud to go any depth as long as our dive was no more then 40 minutes.

The small test before diving is standard at every Sandals resort (Beaches is part of sandals). I don't have an issue with them looking at the dive log and testing divers before taking them out. The test in the pool was quite simple (mask on/off, reg recovery and fin pivot).

The bad was if you did not have a dive computer and the boat was mainly open water diver then you were stuck to 60' for 30 minutes. The other bad point was one day in advance reservation, I did not have any issue with the 24hr period I booked on two occassion after lunch for the next day with no problem.

For resort diving this was good, the boat was well equip with radio, oxygen, 15 feet Bar and safety stop reg, first aid on board, water, food and shower. All dive were PADI standard Brieffing before dive we knew our profile before we got in the water. So we plan the dive and dove the plan. I like the fact that they said 60' and we did 60' not like other resort where 60' always end up 90' or so. This include the deep dive we were toll 90' and we did 87'.

I got good picture, made new friends it was a great two weeks.

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