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

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Michael Judd, OR, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 4549
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Palau, Thailand, Maldives, Indonesia, Cocos, Fiji, Philippines, Chuuk,
various Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Generally followed divemaster, although could vary up and down to some
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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  
4 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
Conditions on Grand Turk were slowly returning to normal, just a few weeks
after the island was hit hard by Hurricane Ike.
Only some of the rooms at the Osprey Beach Hotel were open.  My room was
comfortable, large, and right on the beach.  Daily maid service was good. 
A gallon of water was provided in the mini-fridge initially, but after that
I had to buy my own (which seems like a silly thing to be cheap about). 
Food at the restaurant was just OK, and not cheap ($12 lunch, $20 dinner);
I preferred Michael's restaurant, a block up the street.  If you want to
try the local brew, Turk's Head, go with the light rather than the dark.
The town (Cockburn) and the island in general, were quiet and relaxed
(although it's hard to say how much of that was the lack of visitors due to
the hurricane).  Cruise boats dock at Grand Turk now, but they are at the
far south end of the island, and most passengers apparently stay at
"Disneyland" down there.  The small Turks and Caicos national
museum was interesting, although it is not open to the public since the
hurricane (the director, who I met on a dive, was nice enough to give me a
private tour - thanks again, Neal).  Cockburn Town is a good place for old
houses, if you like that sort of thing.  Less "touristy" than
many Caribbean Islands.
Blue Water Divers was great. Owner Mitch, office manager Monica, and dive
assistant Jesse were all friendly and helpful.  For example, Mitch was nice
enough to drive me to the grocery and liquor stores to save a long hot
walk.  On a number of the dives there were two Blue Water guys for just one
diver, although I don't imagine that ratio is standard.  They picked me up
from the beach at the hotel.  Dives are all along the west side of the
island, so no trip is more that 15 minutes.  Entry is by back roll from
their aluminum sled; exit by handing BC/tank up from the water and climbing
small ladder.  It works fine.  The only provisions on the boat were warm
bottles of water.  Surface interval between the two morning dives was spent
on the boat; Mitch does a good job of filling the time with BS (I mean that
in a good way, Mitch).  At the end of the day, BC & reg are left on the
boat and taken back to the shop to be cleaned for the next day by their
It's all wall diving, although "wall" is a bit of an
overstatement; it's never more than 100 feet vertical, and in many places
more accurately described as a steep slope.  The typical tour was to go out
along the wall at 60 - 80 feet, then back at 40 - 50 feet.  That worked OK,
although the dives could have been longer.  Lots of coral, but much of it
is shades of brown.  As in many Caribbean sites, there are very few large
fish, but lots of interesting small stuff.  Saw turtles on the majority of
the dives, and a few stingrays.  The visibility was usually 60-80 feet,
occasionally less.  The wall is on the lee side of the island, so mostly a
smooth surface with little current.  Overall, I'd rate the diving good, but
not great.
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