Meet Me Underwater at Beaches Turks and Caicos


The first time I went to Turks and Caicos, more than twenty years ago, I fell in love with the white sand beaches, turquoise waters and superb scuba diving. I was thrilled to be invited to participate in the 2020 Dive-in with PADI LIV+ Event at Beaches Turks and Caicos. It is one of their annual Luxury Included Vacation + Events (LIV+) that allows guests to immerse themselves in five days of exhilarating aquatic adventures in turquoise waters. Do you want to Dive-in with PADI? The next one will be in September 2020 in St Lucia.

VIDEO: Welcome to Beaches Turks and Caicos

I flew from Los Angeles to Miami to Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and was happy to be back with the dive team I met last year on my first visit to Beaches Turks and Caicos.

I have now been to both Sandals Montego Bay for diving and Beaches Turks and Caicos. Did you know that everything is included? 5-Star Global Gourmet dining, unlimited premium drinks, Camp Sesame for kids and even daily scuba diving for certified divers – all included.

And the scuba diving is amazing! We saw humpback whales, dolphins moray eels, turtles and so many sharks. It was incredible, it is literally a paradise!

VIDEO: Beaches Turks and Caicos Changes the World: Sandals Foundation Projects

When you choose to vacation at Beaches Turks and Caicos, not only can you enjoy the stunning beaches, all-inclusive food and drink but you are also making a difference. Sandals Foundation operates over 100 projects around the Caribbean and in the last ten years Sandals Foundation has assisted more than one million people in the Caribbean.

When I was at Sandals Montego Bay, I visited Flanker Resource Centre in Montego Bay which is supported by Sandals Montego Bay and the Sandals Foundation. The after-school program provides children with hot meals and many resources including a computer center and an X-BOX room.

During one of our scuba dives at Beaches Turks and Caicos, the divemaster speared several lionfish, and we ate them for lunch at Nepture’s restaurant. They’re so tasty. Check your local Whole Foods store, you might be able to take a bite out of the lionfish problem, by buying a filet at your local store and having them for dinner. Lionfish are an invasive species and are a problem for our reefs which is why culling them is another Sandals Foundation project.

Beaches Turks and Caicos Dive-in with PADI LIV+ divers eating lion fish

While I was at Beaches Turks and Caicos, I went to see another Sandals Foundation project in action which is a partnership with the Real Madrid Foundation – the social arm of the Real Madrid Academy – to host five days of comprehensive soccer clinics for guests and local students with top coaches from Spain who were brought to both Jamaica and Turks and Caicos for workshops for students aged 9 to 12. There was also a separate day just for training the local coaches.

I love that Sandals Foundation is changing the world one lionfish, and one soccer student at a time. You can help make a difference by vacationing at Beaches Turks and Caicos and participating in a Sandals Foundation activity.

VIDEO: Welcome to the Sesame Street Parade at Beaches Turks and Caicos

When I was little and we lived on Fort Benning Army Base in Georgia, my parents made certain to have a strong television antenna so that I could watch the brand new show called Sesame Street. I loved celebrating the 50th anniversary of Sesame Street in Los Angeles with Beaches Resorts and the Sesame Street Roadshow.

When you are at Beaches Resorts, you can watch the Sesame Street Show at Treasure Beach, the Sesame Street Stage Show and the Sesame Street character PARADE! Make sure to also have your photo with your favorite Sesame Street character!

Look for more of my Dive-in with PADI LIV+ videos in PART 2 or see more of my Adventures with Sandals and Beaches Resorts right here:

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Lisa Ellen Niver

Lisa Ellen Niver is an award-winning travel expert who has explored 102 countries and six continents. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, she worked on cruise ships for seven years and backpacked for three years in Asia. She is the founder of the website WeSaidGoTravel which is read in 235 countries and was named #3 on Rise Global’s top 1,000 Travel Blogs. Niver is represented by Chip MacGregor of MacGregor Literary, Inc. Look for her memoir in Fall 2023 from Post Hill Press/Simon and Schuster. With more than 150,000 followers across social media, she has hosted Facebook Live for USA Today 10best, is verified on Twitter and listed on IMDb, and is the Social Media Manager for the Los Angeles Press Club. You can find Lisa Niver talking travel on broadcast television at KTLA TV Los Angeles, Satellite Media Tours, The Jet Set TV and Orbitz travel webisodes as well as her YouTube channel, where her WeSaidGoTravel videos have over 1.7 million views. As a journalist, Niver has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Olympic medalists, and numerous bestselling authors and been invited to both the Oscars and the United Nations. She has been a judge for the Gracie Awards for the Alliance of Women in Media, and has run 15 travel competitions on her website, publishing over 2,500 writers and photographers from 75 countries. For her print and digital stories as well as her television segments, she has been awarded three Southern California Journalism Awards and two National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards and been a finalist twenty times.   Niver has published more than 2000 articles, in more than three dozen magazines and journals including National Geographic, Wired, Teen Vogue, HuffPost Personal, POPSUGAR, Ms. Magazine, Luxury Magazine, Smithsonian, Sierra Club, Saturday Evening Post, AARP, AAA Explorer Magazine, American Airways, Delta Sky, enRoute (Air Canada), Hemispheres, Jewish Journal, Myanmar Times, BuzzFeed, Robb Report, Scuba Diver Life, Ski Utah, Trivago, Undomesticated, USA Today, TODAY, Wharton Magazine, and Yahoo. Awards National Arts and Entertainment Journalism Awards 2021 Winner: Book Critic: Ms. Magazine “Untamed: Brave Means Living From the Inside Out” 2019 Winner: Soft News Feature for Film/TV: KTLA TV “Oscars Countdown to Gold with Lisa Niver” 2019 Finalist for: Soft News, Business/Music/Tech/Art Southern California Journalism Awards 2022 Finalist: Book Criticism 2021 Winner: Technology Reporting 2021 Finalist: Book Criticism 2020 Winner: Print Magazine Feature: Hemispheres Magazine, “Painter by the Numbers, Rembrandt” 2020 Finalist: Online Journalist of the Year, Activism Journalism, Educational Reporting, Broadcast Lifestyle Feature 2019 Finalist: Broadcast Television Lifestyle Segment for “Ogden Ski Getaway” 2018 Finalist: Science/Technology Reporting, Travel Reporting, Personality Profile 2017 Winner: Print Column “A Journey to Freedom over Three Passovers” Social Media Presence YouTube Channel: We Said Go Travel (1.7 million views) Short form video:TikTok, Instagram Reels, Facebook Reels, YouTube Shorts Twitter: lisaniver (90,000 followers) Instagram: lisaniver (24,000 followers) Pinterest: We Said Go Travel (20,000 followers and over 70,000 monthly views) Facebook: lisa.niver (5,000 followers); We Said Go Travel (3,000 followers) LinkedIn: lisaellenniver (9000 contacts)

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