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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers in
Turks and Caicos

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by anthony v. dresden, VA, 22206
Report Number 1242
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
[Unspecified]Tobago, Dominica, Grenadines, St.Lucia, Bonaire, Bahamas,
Little Cayman, Fiji, others
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
0   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 150    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):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
1 stars
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
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
[None]This past year marked my 13th visit to Grand Turk and its wonderful,
healthy walls and reefs continue to please and amaze.  Although the mantas
are not as plentiful as they used to be, I was pleasantly surprised see
that turtles are making a big comeback and saw one on almost every dive. 
Go figure. Some other divers even saw a tiger shark.  I saw a very large
Midnight Blue Parrotfish; the first I had come across in a couple of years.
 There are tons of tropicals and great coral. If you dont have a big smile
on your face after a Grand Turk dive, you need some serious medication.  
Its indeed a magical place with effortless diving and sites never more
than 10-15 minutes from your lodgings 

For over a decade, I have gone with Blue Water Divers  the islands only
PADI five-star facility, owned and operated by Mitch Rolling.  Mitch came
as a teenager to Grand Turk and is mentioned prominently in Stephen
Harrigans wonderful book, Water and Light.  By the time the Chapbook is
published, Mitch will have logged over 8,000 dives on Grand Turk and this
unparalleled experience counts in a big way. 

Now, you might think that after so many dives that Mitch would be bored but
he and his great Turks Island divemaster, Conchy display enormous
enthusiasm and do a fabulous job day in and day out.  And its personalized
service.  You are not just a diver; you are a client and they want to make
your dive experience memorable so you will come back  and there are a lot
of repeat clients. 

Think the total opposite of cattle boats.  Blue Water Divers boats are
never overcrowded.  Divers are polled as to what sites that have been on to
avoid repeats. Mitch and Conchy will scour the reefs to find whatever weird
blenny you need a photo of. They will help the novice diver while letting
those with experience do their own thing. Its simply a class act.  Not to
sound old and clichéd, but its the way diving used to be.

As to accommodations, I followed Jenny Smith from the Salt Raker to the
beachfront Osprey Beach which she now owns.  Talk about turning a sows ear
into a silk purse.  This was once the infamous Kittina, which was
subsequently placed under the witness protection program and renamed the
Sitting Pretty. And Jenny pretty much gutted the place when she bought it
and now, its a wonderful small hotel with lovely rooms and the same great
staff she put together at the Salt Raker. Everyone is extremely friendly
and they will go out of their way to help you in anyway they can.  Again, a
class act. 

The food is very good with a changing menu and plenty of fresh fish and
lobster (in season) and theres a great barbecue every Sunday and Wednesday
night. Dont miss Annamaes key lime pie. Mitch and his local band, High
Tide play on these nights after dinner.  Its a rock and scrape band
combining rock and the rake n scrape Bahamian style (think rip saws,
screwdrivers as instruments). Theyre great.

One last note in the paved paradise, put up a parking lot category. There
is a serious effort to bring cruise ships to Grand Turk  as soon as the
Fall 2005. Any thoughts as what can be done to preserve this wonderful
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