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Dive Review of Flamingo Divers/Royal West Indies in
Turks and Caicos/Provo

November, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Jason Pellegatto, MA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 4548
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Sulawesi, Cocos, Providenciales, Cozumel, Bonaire, Fl Keys.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 50    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 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
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
4 stars   
4 stars    
     I used Flamingo Divers about 6 months ago ( see previous report ) and
was so happy with the operation that I used them again this November.  I
received the same excellent service on the 2nd trip.  The owners, Mickey
and Jane, run the entire operation.  Jane picks you up from your hotel on
time, Mickey assembles gear and drives the boat, and they split leading the
dives.  They remembered me from my previous trip and I was treated like an
experienced diver.  They assembled my gear on the seat next to the stern, I
was the first person in the water, and the last one out of the water at the
end of the dive.  No problem.  I was allowed to stay down as long as I
wished and I while I did follow their lead underwater, it was no problem if
I strayed away a little or lagged behind.  They are professional and also
friendly people that are good to talk to on the boat.  They pick good dive
sites and work had to make sure that you are happy with the diving and
service.  One thing that I particularly like is the small group size of 8
max.  We only had 5 people on the boat, which meant that we were loaded and
on our way before the other operators, were the first ones to the sites,
and no crowds underwater.  I will use Flamingo Divers again on my next
     On my previous trip we dove West Caicos.  This time, due to the
wind/tides, we dove Sandborne Channel and Northwest point.  The good news
is that Provo still has good fish life.  We saw reef sharks, eagle rays,
lots of grouper, barracuda, and a dolphin.  The bad news is that a lot of
the coral and sponges have been covered with sand and silt from the recent
hurricane season.  The coral on the walls are pretty good, but the coral in
the shallow areas have declined since my previous visit.  
     Our accommodations were the Royal West Indies.  We have stayed as this
resort 3 times.  It is a good mid priced resort.  The rooms are not
luxurious, but are very clean, modern, and have a small kitchenette.  The
resort grounds are very nice with nice landscaping and 2 small pools.  We
never had any trouble finding a chair that had shade.  The on site
restaurant, Mango Reef, had good food and good service if you do not whish
to go out.  The only thing to note is that on one side of the resort is the
Club Med.  I never heard any noise but a few people that we talked to
mentioned that they could hear noise from the disco.  If you pick this
resort, you may wish to ask for a room on the other side of the resort.
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