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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers & Grand Turk Divers in
Turks and Caicos

March, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by keith Pereira, WI, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4055
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Hawaii, Mexico, Florida Keys, Carribean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
3 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
 Grand Turk 

Manta House, Blue Water divers & Grand Turk Divers 

Took Sky King Puddle jumper from Provo to Grand Turk very easy 20 min
flight Took cab ($16 for the both of us) to the Manta House which is on the
West side of the island where all the dive operators and accommodations are
(Pond Street).  Stayed at Manta Houses Northwest Bungalow with 2 bedroom,
kitchen, bath in a stand alone cottage.  Although not luxury, its nice
accommodations 50 yards from the ocean and 5 min walk to any restaurant or
dive shop.    Accommodations on Pond Street are fairly reasonable ($75
-$150) with most visitors being divers looking for easy access to dive
shops and a place to eat & drinkall GT accommodations on Pond Street
appear to satisfy that need.  Restaurants were a bit pricey, but not as
pricey as Provo and the service was head and shoulders above Provo.   
Drink prices were surprisingly less than Provo.   Recommend going to the
liquor store for drinks in your room .  Also you could just walk to another
location within 5 like Osprey Beach hotel, the Sandbar, Salt Raker Inn,
Turks Head Inn.  Unlike Provo it is all laid back and mellow with beach
wear, sandals cutoffs being the norm.  Although in town at the grocer and
other stores it was frowned upon to enter with beachwear (females).

Through word of mouth I had heard good things about all 3 dive operators
close by: Blue Water Divers, Grand Turk Divers (Smitty) and Oasis Divers. 
On recommendation I dove a few days with Blue Water and a few days with
Smitty at GT Divers The 2 dive DMs Rob the Welshman and a Kiwi (sorry his
name escapes me) during my days were both competent divers who did a good
job.  On the 3 days I was there at least 2 of the 6-8 divers were taking
some certificationseither OW or AOWso the Kiwi was usually busy with that
group.  BWD has a 35 ft (boat capable of comfortably handling 10 or so
divers.they p/u on the beach right in front of the House and a short 10
minute ride to the dive sitessurface intervals we usually came back and
grab a bite or just chill on the beach (only drinking water was provided on
the boat) Like Provo, bankroll entrys and exit via a small latter in the
back after handing up your weight belt and BC. The equipment provided by
BWD was worn and in less than optimal shape, most BCDs were frayed, had
cracked/broken buckles, hose connections were loose, Regs leaked and
shutteredI actually had to switch mine out after a dive due to difficulty
breathing at 80ft!  Although I asked for a computer for each day diving
they supposedly had none to offerfinally Rob let me use his sparethanks
Rob!!!  Despite these shortfalls Rob did a good job providing safe, fun
diving and allowed me to dive my profile as I wanted.  The dive sights were
all very good with visibility ranging from 80-120 ft although 1 day we had
about 60 ft vis due to upsurge.  The walls are very dramatic and the drop
offs are breathtaking.  Corals appear to be in good shape with fairly
diverse reef architecture.  Heard whale song on almost every dive and of
course the usual suspects including spotting and following an octopus
during the day as he hunted for food on the corals.  Rob did a great job
ensuring the divers went to dive sights they wanted and also pointed out
some fascinating underwater structures that might ordinarily be overlooked
(anchors, coral formations etc).  In general BWD were very good and a
provided first class diving at your own pace and skill level.but I would
recommend you bring your own gear or rent prior to going there.

Grand Turk Divers
Prior to going there I had heard from a few experienced GT divers, that I
Had to dive with Smittywho was an icon there and had been diving in these
waters for a long time.  I set up a couple of days diving with himand it
was as advertised.  GTD has a small 30 ft boat at the end of pond street
that p/u at the beach.  Smitty caters to smaller group diving but this was
amazing.One day there was 1 other diver and the other day I was solo with
Smittyit was like a personal tour!  The equipment at GTD was in very good
shape no tears, leaks or other issues, and finally had a computer for me
each of the days I requested.entry is the same as everywhere on TCI,
bankroll in, exit via small ladder at the back of boat.   Smitty does a
great job assessing you skill and then providing you the most dramatic,
outstanding diving experience.  On our solo dive we were able to experience
some very unique (and deep) wall formations yet still have an extended dive
enjoying all that the walls/corals have to offer.  On one particular dive
after a deep dive to observe some turtles etc .the last 30 minutes was
spent over the sandSmitty was great pointing out rays, bat fish, and other
sand creatures that are easily overlooked.  He had a great way of getting
your attention to point out something and left it fort you to decide to
look or pursue your own profile.  On the second day my girlfriend joined us
on the boat, and we purposely went to a spot where he and I could view some
amazing walls and reef animals and she could snorkel near the boat and
experience some wonderful marine habitat Diving with GTD was a great time
and tapping into Smittys experience made it that much more enjoyable.

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