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Dive Review of Flamingo Divers/Turtle Cove Inn and Simbonne in
Turks and Caicos/Providenciales

February, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by DAVID SHEM-TOV, na, United Kingdom
Sr. Contributor   (20 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 361
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Cozumel, Red Sea, India (Lakshadweep), Los Roques, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
26   to 0    Celsius  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
0   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 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):
2 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Dived exclusively the West Caicos on all 3 days we were there.  Were told
that conditions were not sufficiently good for other sites.  One of the
most professional operations we experienced.  Excellent boat, superb crew,
particularly Micky and Jayne.  They take up to 8 divers, but we were at
most 6.  On one day there was only just us 2.  Jayne, in particular, was
very helpful stopping and waiting for us at the supermarket on the ride
back to the hotel on two occasions.  Expats seem to prefer Flamingo Divers
over other operators.  Dives were pleasant, with lots of healthy coral. 
Worth the long bumpy ride back.  Promised big pelegics and whales never
materialised.  Turtle Cove Inn, heartily recommended by Undercurrent's
correspondent, must have since been patronised by many scoundrels and
thieves.  So distrustful are the owners of their guests that they apply a
$25 security deposit for the television remote control on check-in and
admonish guests who forget to turn it back in on checkout.  Nasty.  We
moved to the sister hotel, the Sibonne, the next day.  Sibonne claims to be
a 'boutique' hotel but is really an aspirational motel with a hideously
expensive bar/restaurant.   Rooms, however, are definitely worth the extra
dollars over the Turtle Cove Inn.
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