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Dive Review of Beaches in
Turks and Caicos

August, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Larry Wagner, TX, USA
Report Number 257
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
83   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Guided dive, bottom time limited, max depth 80 ft, safety stop encouraged.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
1 stars    
Great diving experience for beginners and families with junior divers. 
Many newly certified divers on the boat.  Divemasters were capable and
attentive and tended to focus on those showing less skill - one new diver
ran out of air and then got tangled in the spare air hose at the safety
bar.   For an experienced/hard core diver Beaches' protocols are intrusive
- specified short bottom times at no more than 80' (but conversely very
safe profiles) and had to pass a brief skills test before being allowed to
sign up for diving.  Once the divemeaster was comfortable with your skills
(1 dive), you could go off with a buddy if you had a computer - but still
were required to be up within the time limit.    We cheated by exploring
the shallows below the boat while others exited - gaining about 10 to 15
minutes per dive.   DM's were OK with this, but even so we were coming up
with 800 to 900 psi.
Boats had standard safety gear and could hold 30 divers easily - which
could make for crowded conditions below.
Dives to The Crack and Black Coral Garden were best, but not as good as
French Cay sites.
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