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Dive Review of Beaches in
Turks and Caicos/Providenciales

Beaches, Apr, 2008,

by Mike, Texas, USA (Contributor Contributor 12 reports). Report 4027.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Caymans, Jamaica, Cozumel, Belize, Roatan, Costa Rica, Aruba, Bonaire, St. Lucia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 78 to 79 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None as buddy divers.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins 1 or 2 Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 2 stars
UW Photo Comments The only accom. for cameras was a broken ice chest with water in it. No dedicated rinse or soak tank on shore for cameras.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Beaches was a pleasant surprise in diver flexibility. Upon arrival the dive operation required a skills assessment and orientation dive which is a really good idea independent of your experience level. Teaching status instructor only had to listen to orientation but participated in orientation dive.

Beaches provided two tank boat dives in the morning, punctual departure and split the boat +/- 15 divers on average into experience level groups. OW in one group, advanced in another group and buddy divers (requires AOW cert & computer) independent of groups. The group that were led had depth limits prescribed but not enforced. AOW was +/- max 100'. There really wasn't anything to see on the wall below 100' except large turtles, sharks and occasional rays.

Dive training was also provided and those divers were on different boats. There were at least 3 Newton dive boats (2 were >42'). During the 1st half of the week dives were done off of the NW point of Provo. The second part of the week the weather kicked up from the north and Beachs shuttled divers by van (+/- 15 min) to the south side of Provo to dive West Caicos Wall.

Food and accomodations were above average at Beaches and I would recommend this all-inclusive resort to anyone that does not have an aversion to nippers. I found the inclusive diving to be enjoyable and well worth the money spent. We arrived about a month late to see the sharks and two months to early to see the big fish.

The reef was what I would describe as in "poor condition". Much of the reef was covered with sand and there was minimal color. When I inquired about hurricanre or storm damage I was told the sand was due to development and dredging. I could not confirm that. Overall the diving was good, little or no current and nice deep walls. Of all the places I have been diving, I would rate this trip a 6-7 on a scale of 10. It has potential to be >8 but we may have caught the Turks at the wrong time. I would likely check out Grand Turk or Salt Cay on the next trip to the Turks.
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