thanks to our guest Brian for all his terrific underwater
photos and also our son Mike for his photos including all
those fantastic turtle pictures.
Michael and Luba Zagachin, Peabody, MA
"About that shot of Luba and a shark, it was just pure luck. She was pointing at eagle ray (that I missed) and I was following the shark with the camera. I did not even notice Luba on the picture until review." Wow, what a stunning shot.
and Karl, Calgary , Alberta , Canada
a wonderful vacation spot! Having traveled to many different
countries and having stayed in many Caribbean spots before,
I have never felt as welcomed as here at Harbour Club Villas.
After our long journey from Calgary , Alberta , Marta and
Barry were fantastic at getting us set up with everything
we would need.
a 4x4 vehicle is a must. We explored every road on the island
in our two weeks, looking for unexplored areas and local treasures
(beaches) to snorkel.
is amazing here! We dove for nine days with Flamingo Divers
and Jayne and Mickey are amazing! They took care of everything
for us and took us to a variety of different sites. We also
tried a night dive with Matthew at Coral Gardens which was
well worth it!
and Barry's local expertise is amazing. You are missing some
of the highlites of the island if you don't ask Marta for
information and directions to beaches for snorkeling or just
exploring. Some of our favourite places were Smith's Reef,
South Bluff and a little known snorkeling spot Marta told
snorkeling and diving we saw over 60 varieties of fish and
a number of larger sights such as reef sharks, nurse sharks,
barracudas, southern stingrays, eagle rays, manta rays and
green turtles. The highlight
for us was five flying gunnards that we saw
with Mickey at a site called Coney Island off West Caicos
loved the villas We never even used the air conditioning (although
it is a "must" on my hotel checklist) as the ceiling fans
gave us a beautiful cool breeze. The kitchen had everything
we wanted and the towels and linenswere simply wonderful!
The fresh flowers everyday were a treat. We also borrowed
the ocean kayaks and beach umbrella which were welcome additions.
The location of the villas was perfect as they were so close
to Flamingo Divers and a close drive to everything else. Thanks
for the wonderful visit Barry and Marta and we'll see you
Brian and Michelle
We enjoyed our seven nights here tremendously!
The villas were wonderful. We felt very comfortable here and
loved the accommodations. We are already talking about coming
back again soon! We pretty much did scuba diving this whole
trip. Marta was such a gem… she helped set up the dives
and got us hooked up. We dove with Flamingo Divers. They were
very professional and very personable and nice. We found them
to be very helpful and informative. We dove with Mickey and
Jayne all week, fabulous people! They made sure we had good
dives. We went to French Cay….Rock 'n'Roll and Half
Mile Reef. West Caicos….Boat Cove, Driveway, the Gully
and Boat Cove again. And the Sandborne Channel….Razors
Drop Off and Razor's Edge. We saw turtles, sting rays, eagle
rays, flying gurnards, spotted moray, spotted drums, basket
starfish, trunkfish, balloon fish, spiney lobster, tons and
tons more fish and corals and sponges! The walls are spectacular.
We drove around the island and mostly ate at the villas but
tried Tiki Hut, Hemmingways and Magnolia's. All had great
food and atmosphere. Marta and diving made us feel at home
the minute we got here. They were excellent hosts. They had
nice ideas and were very informative. Marta had all the special
touches. Everyday we came back, we had subtle, beautiful touches
like fresh new flowers in the conch shell and in the martini
glass! Anyone who asks about "TCI" will be sent
to Harbour Club from us! One of our most enjoyable dive trips.
PS. Marta has some excellent fish and coral books to borrow.
We had dolphins follow the boat one day and we saw whales!
and Percy Sherman, Milton, Ont. Canada
Marta and Barry for your wonderful Turks and Caicos Hospitality
once again. We had another wonderful dive vacation made only
perfect by staying in one of your villas.
diving with Caicos Adventures with FiFi and staff was very
adventurous. We saw eagle rays and sharks on every dive and
I have videos and Percy has photos of all. The whale
shark and hammerhead shark sightings
were the icing on the cake. We also were awarded our Bronze
40 dive medals by FiFi on his boat on Saturday Jan 5 th .
We dove 16 days and on our day off, we finally took your advice
and went up to Malcolm Roads and the beach. It was a fun drive
and the beach was beautiful.
you for making dinner reservations for us at Hemmingways,
Coyaba, Grace's Cottage and Magnolia. All were special in
their own way but Magnolia's was a treat .. especially the
night view of Turtle Cove.
lovely Christmas tree - Turks and Caicos style plus gifts
of island coffee and local rum was a lovely touch and much
appreciated. We will be returning and won't wait a year this
time. See you in a couple of months!
and Zac Belair, Ridgewood, New Jersey
We loved our villa and our stay. The
diving was terrific and the 2 minute walk to the Marina for
8:30 a.m. dives is the way to go!!! The villa worked out perfectly
for a father - son vacation. As important was the warm, friendly
hosts. diving and Marta made 15 year old Zac comfortable and
at ease. Dad felt like we were old friends from the start
whether telling stories, asking advice or "borrowing"
your internet, we felt right at home. Just as we loved Caicos
Adventures, particularly the people, We thanked FiFi for recommending
Harbour Club Villas. During our dives , we saw sea turtles,
various sharks, barracudas, eagle rays, sting rays, lobsters
and more brightly coloured fish of blue, yellow, red etc.
We also met many friendly divers on the boat trips. It seemed
as though most were Canadian. We will remember our experiences
here for our lifetimes. Thanks to diving and Marta for making
it just so!
and Tanya Douglas, Gainesville, Fl.
Thanks for the wonderful lodging and
hospitality. This vacation couldn't have been any better for
the very short 7 days we were here. Diving with Flamingo Divers
was top notch. We really enjoyed the convenience of walking
to the dive boat from our villa. Tanya and I hadn't been diving
for about 6 months so it was a real pleasure having such a
patient crew take care of us. Flamingo staff couldn't have
been any nicer! Kayaking out of the channel to Cooper Jack
beach worked out great for both of us because I was able to
drift-fish out of the kayak while Tanya worked on her tan
on the beach. Fishing could have been better but I realized
a few days into vacation that fly fishing on Flamingo Lake
is the way to go, unless bottom fishing on the offshore reefs.
On our last day, we finally got up the nerve to go driving.
Our day included conch farm tour, Bugaloo's (now called Da
Conch Shack) for lunch and snorkeling at Coral Gardens where
we were lucky enough to see 3 turtles which was a treat because
we didn't see any while diving. My only regret was not going
windsurfing. Oh well, maybe next time!
and Anne Cosby
What a great decision it was to stay
at Harbour Club Villas! We have so enjoyed meeting you two,
relaxing at the villa, diving and exploring this beautiful
island. We leave today with many fond memories of our vacation
to the Turks. There is more to do, more to see…..so
we will be back. We will share our wonderful adventure with
the Denver dive shop, Underwater Phantasies and will give
your regards to Jill and Brian. Denver, Colorado.
and Dave McConkey, Vancouver, Canada
Thanks so very much for making our
trip and Dave's birthday one we will never forget! You have
done a fabulous job with the villas. Just the seclusion we
were looking for. Our diving trips with Flamingo Divers were
out of this world. Three months ago, I couldn't even swim.
Who would have thought I'd be diving with a shark! If you
ever make it to Vancouver Island, please look us up. We'd
love to share our little bit of paradise with you.
and Yvone Wehmueller, Annapolis, MD
. Having been to and stayed in places
advertised as paradise but in reality are just this side of
hell, we've learned to trust our own eyes.As you can tell,
you're not amongst the "famous and popular" resorts
of Grace Bay. You are in a place of total relaxation, peace
and tranquility. And, if you are like us, this is why you're
here. You are surrounded by beautiful gardens, a pool complete
with its own tiki hut, a private veranda and your own villa.
Who could ask for more? This is a private, quiet place to
unwind. A place to experience things not offered at home.
But yet, there is more. You have, literally, at your beck
and call, two of the kindest individuals to ever run a resort.
Not pretentious nor stuffy, diving and Marta immediately made
us feel welcome. Honestly, if you need them to bend over backward,
they'd probably give it a try. From the fresh flowers on the
table every day to the knowledge of the island, these two
left a lasting impression. We didn't meet the "managers
of the resort" we met two new friends. They invited us
into their home and made us feel like family. A rarity in
life. Well, enough about the resort-you'll soon see for yourselves.
On to the diving. This is the reason we came. The Turks and
Caicos consistently rank high on the list of world class dive
destinations. We now know why. This was our first time here
and hopefully won't be our last. On our hosts' recommendation,
we went with Flamingo Divers. (to Marta: "Thank you,
thank you, thank you!!") Have you ever been on dive boats
with what seems like a hundred people? You are one of the
crowd, just another dollar? Flamingo Divers might not have
the newest,shiniest boats, but they offer so much more. Staff
have enough knowledge of diving and the surrounding waters,
they could make their own documentary. They offer a personalized
service with safety at the top of the list. Their genuine
care for the underwater environment is evident. The type of
divers who maximize your experience while making certain you
are truly cared for. When choosing a site, they consider all
factors…..visibility, current, winds, skill level and
most of all crowds or lack thereof rather. We were never pressured.
We were able to go at our own pace and our numerous questions
were always answered with patience. Plus, they did everything
but breathe for us! Very accommodating. And the reef life
was spectacular, the walls beautiful. We saw everything from
flying gunnards to several reef sharks! Eagle rays, turtles,
jacks, spades, grouper ….all in abundance. So many
dives you "might-maybe-sort of" catch a glimpse
of a larger animal. Here, they are common. All this in only
6 dives. Were we just lucky? Who knows? Four dives off West
Caicos and two off French Cay and ALL were outstanding. And
the fish seem less shy. Maybe just the imagination, but after
floating perfectly still for several seconds, even the most
timid of creatures, a turtle, decided to investigate"
up close and personal Truly humbling. But, dear reader, if
you've suffered through these ramblings, you know you won't
need to take our word for it. By now, you've realized you've
stumbled upon a bit of heaven. Enjoy! Our sincerest thanks
to diving and Marta. Your generosity and kindness set the
bar. We have never met resort managers as nice as you. All
others will be judged by the standard you set. Exceptional!
And to Flamingo……no money on earth could compensate
you for the genuine care we (especially Yvonne, the pest)
received. And the dive experience was, truly, once in a lifetime.
Our memories of you and the diving will last forever! Thank
and Jen Loder
Harbour Club was
an excellent choice for our two stays - the first in May and
the second two weeks ago. It was private and quiet, nice walks
in the evenings, restful pool time and sunning. Landscaping
was beautiful in many respects is how we want to remember
Caicos (on land anyway-we'd prefer to be underwater.) diving
and Marta were the perfect hosts. We dove the 1st three days
and inspite of having to stay by West Caicos because of the
weather, it was great diving. We'd hope to see lots of sharks,
rays and turtles and we didn't see as many as we would have
liked but there was much beauty anyway and lots of interesting
creatures. The color of the water off the wall is unforgettable
and really accentuates coral and sponges. Flamingo Divers
were the best. We were spoiled shamelessly. In addition to
looking after us they were very knowledgeable and even amusing.
Don't be fooled though as one of us started exhibiting symptoms
on the fourth day and they were all business and competence.
The staff took great care of us on the way back and turned
us over to the medical center where Dr. Menzies and John Garvin
of O2 Technical Diving treated us for three sessions in the
hyperbaric chamber. You always felt you were in the best of
hands. Standard treatment is 5-6 hours followed by additional
2 hour treatments and subsequent days. Not fun but it evidently
gets your attention. We had just purchased DAN insurance and
if we hadn't had it, this would have cost $15,000-$30,000.
So we advise everyone not to go diving without DAN. Unfortunately
our diving was over at this point for this trip and we amused
ourselves filling out logs, playing with pictures and visiting
beaches and snorkeling at Coral Gardens. Turtles are great
there even if the reef is a little worn. Caicos Café,
Iguana restaurants were great. Scotia ATM is functioning well.
IGA was a great surprise-we are vegetarians and we did very
well. Bangkok Express to the left on Leeward is small and
non-descript but food is great and you can do carry out. Our
second trip in August was for advanced Nitrox training with
John Garvin. Apparently our days of diving on air are over
and we will ask to make special arrangements. Yet again, diving
and Marta have proved themselves to be fabulous hosts. and
we had looked forward to returning to enjoy the turquoise
blue waters surrounding this island. We were again welcomed
warmly and since the moment we arrived, our stay at Harbour
Club was perfect. We loved spending evenings walking down
by the water or relaxing by the pool and our villa is like
a little, private oasis. Again our second trip was spent diving
with Flamingo Divers right down the hill from the villas.
Friendly, concerned staff and the luxury of diving from a
small, uncrowded boat. We took the advanced Nitrox course
with O2 Technical Divers which we would also highly recommend.
We couldn't have asked for more (well except for a few more
days to dive!) We saw multiple reef sharks, rays, eels and
reef fish in every color of the rainbow on this second trip
to Provo. French Cay is an amazing dive site if the weather
permits - beautiful soft corals and sponges. We look forward
to another relaxing visit.
Vernon and Tamara
Mulanix, Pittsboro, NC,
What a wonderfully
relaxing time we had here with Marta and diving. They were
such great hosts you'd think you were staying with old Friends.
They were both as pleasant and helpful. Vernon and I borrowed
their kayaks the first full day and paddled out 1 ½
miles to one of the 5 Cays. It was great being the only ones
out there along with the iguanas. The next day we went scuba
diving with Flamingo Divers and were one of two couples on
board. We dove the French Cay walls and it was some of the
best diving ever. The water is so beautiful here! We went
to Marta's "secret beach" which was so very pleasant
with no one there but us.The weather was windy for the last
part of our stay but we enjoyed all of it. Feeling somewhat
ready for the "real world" again. We have been able
to relax on this trip and we are so greatful for that. The
island is not really developed for much activity beyond watersports,
drinking and relaxing but that Is what we were looking for.
We enjoyed our stay and just relaxed.
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
can not come close to adequately describe the amazing holiday
my friend and I recently enjoyed at Harbour Club. As we planned
our trip, Marta and Barry ensured all arrangements were well
in place, including dinner reservations for New Year's Eve
and a great car rental.
Upon arrival, we were met with the warmest welcome. Throughout
the week, we felt so very cared for - Marta and Barry genuinely
wanted to make sure we enjoyed a fabulous holiday. This we
The villas are spacious, clean and beautifully appointed,
nestled amid the most gorgeous landscape. Within steps is
the marina, and just a short swim away is a quiet white sand
beach, with crystal clear waves reflecting amazing blues and
Each day we had the pleasure of chatting with Marta and Barry
and getting some tips on where to explore. Without such insider
information, we would have never seen the breathtaking sites
we did. When I clumsily soaked my beach towel in sandy water,
a fresh new one was in my arms within seconds.
And to top off an already perfect holiday, we joined Marta
and Barry one day on the boat. We cruised the picturesque
waters and had the experience of a lifetime playing boat tag
with 5 dolphins! They were literally within reach, just playing
along the side of the boat, inviting us to truly surrender
to the magic of the island. Wow.
On our last day, Marta and Barry took special care to check
our flight status, and warmly invited us to stay at the property
to wait out the flight delay. Being detained at the Harbour
Club for a couple extra hours was an extra gift!
In essence, we enjoyed an exquisite escape to an island paradise
with the comfort and care of home. Recommended to anyone;
as two friends we had a blast - as a family or honeymooners
I have full confidence you will enjoy an equally fulfilling
and memorable holiday!
Thank you Marta and Barry!
to Heaven at West Caicos
Well....this site earned its name today!
What a truly magical day underwater - we were only 2 minutes
into our dive when a gleaming white pectoral fin caught
our eye, and then, the silhouette of a HUMPBACK
WHALE!!! We sat on the sand to watch it pass by...and
imagine our delight when not only did it not pass us by
quickly, but it also decided to spend the dive with us!
We spent 60 minutes hovering and watching this gentle giant
hang in front of us, and drift up every 15 minutes for a
breath of air, and promptly swim back to us again. When
our air consumption finally dictated our ascent, we swam
to the anchor line and slowly began ascending, only to look
behind and watch him follow us! With us hanging at 15 ft,
and him at about 20 ft, we simply stared at each other for
another 3 minutes until, bittersweetly so, we had to finish
our dive. During our surface interval he stayed just forward
of the boat and drfited a little away, but we were up for
doing dive #2 in the same spot, as we hadn't had a chance
to explore the reef there! About 10 minutes into the dive,
he showed back up to our divers and hung out with them until
again, alas, we were the ones having to wave goodbye to
this marvelous mammal. (From the surface, Jayne had seen
it turn around and head back to the divers bubbles). Truly
truly amazing. What an absolute privilege, not only to have
a moment underwater with this beautiful creature, but to
have had some great, passive interaction with it. A day
Mickey and Jayne of Flamingo Divers