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Dive Review of Big Blue/Beaches in
Turks and Caicos/Caribbean

Big Blue/Beaches, Jun, 2006,

by Mel McCombie, CT, United States (Contributor Contributor 12 reports with 2 Helpful votes). Report 2548.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving all over the world
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 40 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions none beyond common sense
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 1 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Since we stayed at Beaches for a family reunion, we wisely chose not to dive with them but to go with Big Blue. It's a superb operation. The cost is a good 50% higher than other island dive shops but one can dive one's own profile with no sense of being hurried and the surface intervals were long and filled with food. Our dives averaged 75 minutes. Big Blue is also an environmentally active company--a green operation--and thus worth the extra money.
The corals in Provo have clearly suffered from algal growth, probably linked with the number of large hotels and condos built in the past few years (with their sewage and waste); there were fewer big fish than in years past (I've dived there since the late 1980s). Although I have warm memories of Provo diving, it has clearly deteriorated in the past 15 years.
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