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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers/Osprey Beach in
Turks and Caicos/Grand Turk

January, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by gary and casey rea, ohio, usa (1 report)
Report Number 3860
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Caymans, Belize, Honduras,Provo,Grand Turk
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
cloudy  
Seas
choppy  
Water Temp
0   to 74    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
Schools 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
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  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
We stayed 2 weeks and this was our second visit to Grand Turk. Osprey Beach
has good food, good service, and you cannot beat the barbecue on Sunday and
Wednesday and the dancing to Mitch and High Tide on those nights. Not to be
missed.
There are rooms on the beach, but we wanted to save money, so for the
second year we stayed at the Osprey atrium on the second floor facing Duke
street. There are no phones(who wants one here) or tv(who needs one here,
isnt this why we come here) or kitchen in the atrium(but there is a fridge
for the beer). We brought our own coffee maker  since Michael's restaurant
below us is quite expensive.
Each night we sat outside on the atrium balconey, listened to reggae,drank
beer ,  answered email from our children and waved at   the people walking
by. It is certainly no  burden to stay at the atrium and it is  less
expensive. Cant say enough good things about the Osprey. 
On Friday night, the Salt Raker is the place, with High Tide and  dancing
with many of the locals. Dont miss it.
For lunch, we ate mostly at the Sand Bar, best hamburgers and fried food on
the island, except for fried chicken. The Poop Deck is the place to get
fried chicken that makes you forget how your Momma made it. Just be there
in time or there will be no chicken for you.
We dove with Blue Water Divers. Again, it was a delight. Mitch is great to
dive with and Monica keeps it all organized. You feel like you are diving
with old friends.We saw healthy coral, a school of dolphin, heard the
whales(didnt see any under water, damn), saw a single shark, spotted ray,
many many small fish(including a quilled blenny), quite a few grouper,
lobster, large crabs, eels, and a lion fish. I know the lion fish shouldnt
be there, but to be at 80 feet, and see an animal that is on the wrong side
of the world is pretty exciting. It was a mature, large lion fish. Mitch's
minions took care of it appropriately after the dive was over. 
We also did a snorkel trip to Gibbs Cay with Smitty and can recomend that
as well. Smitty cooked up some barbecue and we had some rum punch. Saw
sting rays and a small shark was seen as well.
If you love to dive,be with friendly people,dance,listen to rock and roll
and  reggae played by a rip-saw band, and enjoy  laid back Caribbean sites,
this is place to be. 
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