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Dive Review of Flamingo Divers/Beaches in
Turks and Caicos/Providencialis

May, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Mosely, NJ, US
Report Number 1037
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
26-50 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, P.R., St. Lucia, East Coast Florida, Keys, USVI and BVI.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
78   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Safety stop, computer (yours or theirs), 100 foot limits all defined in the
pre-dive plan  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
Flamingo Divers runs a professional operation with a 6 diver max on their
boats.  They took me out by myself for an initial 3 tank day toward my AOW
classification. The following 2 tank dive and completion of my AOW was done
with 2 other divers onboard but my original instructor stuck with me.  Good
pre-dive plans, orientation and preparation on each trip.  Dove West Caicos
on both occasions, a 45 trip from their dock. Instructors were full of TCI
history and information so the trip seemed shorter than 45 minutes. 
Encountered 2 sharks, Caribbean and Black-tip Reef, several small rays,
large Groupers, a 4 foot King Mackerel and an "under-boat"
Barracuda.  Got several good pictures the Barracuda.  The reef is in very
good shape and quite beautiful. Drop offs are spectacular since the walls
go down thousands of feet.

The Beaches resort was a good 3 star place, which is what you would expect
from an all inclusive resort.  The food was plentiful and rated a 3 to 4 on
a scale of 5.  The resort was very clean and kept in great shape.  The room
was large enough to accommodate my wife, 2 year old daughter and myself in
comfort.  The pools (6) and beach were very accessible and clean.  They
have a kid pool that is covered and only 18" deep.  Nice touch.  They
offer a Kids Club but my daughter was having no part of it.  She is a
"day-care" kid so I really couldn't figure that one out.  Beaches
has a dive operation and offers dives ranging from the price included
"cattle-car" dives to private diving at additional costs.  They
require a pool session orientation dive.  Do it early in your stay since it
is required before you can dive with them.  All their dives are in the

One big Beaches negative was the Sesame Street characters on the grounds
during our visit.  The disappointment was, as we found out at the
characters first gathering, the children were not allowed to go near the
creatures since the event was really the filming of a promotional
advertisement for the inclusion of the characters in the Beaches resort in
the Fall. Irritating to me and disappointing to the kids.  Very poor
management on Beaches part.

Overall a great trip, good dives and a clean room.
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