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Dive Review of Beaches in
Turks and Caicos

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Craig Grube, VA, US
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Report Number 2397
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, Nassau, Tahiti, FL Keys, Jamaica
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
75   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Open Water Cert could only go to 60', maximum time was 30 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
There is a table but it was crowded.  They have large rinse cooler.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
Beaches is a great family resort with plenty to do for all ages and
interests.  Even though it was near capacity, it never seemed crowded.  The
Hobie cats are fun, kayaks, snorkel boats, etc.  Everything is included in
the price even 2-tank dives daily.  My family has been there 5 times due to
the variety, the food, the grounds.  For serious divers it is a bit of a
bummer.  Great location but they only let you go to 60 feet and max time is
30 minutes, including the safety stop, so you never get to really fully
enjoy the dive.  We dove Grace Bay, Northwest Point, and they even took us
to French Cay when the water was too rough on the north side of the island.
 French Cay was beautiful with massive sponges of all types, large areas of
gorgonias.  The walls are awesome (too bad we couldnt get deep enough).  We
saw many huge grouper (nassau and tiger), schools of jacks, variety of
angel fish.  Northwest Point has nice coral,had some good close up action
with some reef sharks. Saw many grouper, several large crabs, lobster,
angel fish, stingrays, a moray, and some barracuda.  Grace Bay coral seems
to be dying, could be result of hurricane a couple of years ago.  However,
we did see spotted eagle ray, nurse shark, large tiger and nassau groupers
and good size barracuda.  Imagine how good it could be if you were in the
water longer than 30 minutes.  For beginners it is worthwhile as they are
very safety conscious and the marine life is quite fine.  Serious divers
will love the resort, but be frustrated with the diving rules.
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