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

Flamingo Divers/Turtle Cove Inn and Simbonne, Feb, 2003,

by DAVID SHEM-TOV, na, United Kingdom (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 20 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 361.

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

Weather sunny Seas choppy
Water Temp 26 to 0 Celsius Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 0 to 50 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 50psi
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas 1 or 2
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 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 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 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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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