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Dive Review of Bohio/Bohio Resort in
Turks and Caicos/Grand Turk

February, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Stanley Holz, NH, USA
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Report Number 3888
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean for many years.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
78   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Turn around and head back to boat when 1500 psi was reached.  Otherwise, we
could dive our computers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Rinse tank always on boat, but no tanks on shore at all.
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 $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
The Bohio Dive Resort is a small, laid back, beach front hotel. There are
two, two story buildings with 8 rooms each. There is the main building,
which houses the reception desk, bar, and dining areas. There is also a
small dive shop for rental gear, and a very small storage shed for dive
gear. The beach area is very nice with a beautiful view of the western
horizon. You are treated to a stunning sunset every evening. 

We did ten dives with the Bohio dive shop. They use a 24' Carolina skiff,
which can accommodate about 8 divers comfortably. Most times there were
only 4 of us on the boat, plus the two DM's. Typical time to most sites was
less than 10 minutes. Walls were impressive, and reefs generally healthy
except for some bleaching in areas. We did hear Humpback Whales singing on
several dives, which was a real treat. 

The group did a trip to Gibbs Cay. This is a fun outing and you will have
some very large rays brush up against your legs looking for handouts. We
covered ten different dive sites during our stay. Aquarium, Alien Nation,
MacDonalds, Finnbars Reef, Anchor, Black Forest, Amphitheater, Chief
Minister, Coral Garden, and Library. Since the wall is only a couple of
hundred yards away, most of these sites were literally just minutes from
the beach. Because of this, all surface intervals were done on shore back
at the Bohio. Equipment is stored in a very small dive shack on the beach.
It has two rows of hangars for BCs and wetsuits, but not much else. 

The routine on the boat was simple. Tanks were all on the boat, but we
brought our own gear aboard every morning. Our group did our own gear setup
and safety checks. We did see a couple of new divers during the week, and
the DMs did help them with their gear. A large cooler filled with fresh
water was on the boat, and served as our camera rinse tank. Two of us dove
Nitrox. The tanks were at the dive shop every morning, with an analyzer and
log book. Fills were generally right on, 32% with 3100-3200 PSI. 

A 24' Carolina skiff is not a roomy boat. Even with just the four divers
and two DMs, it felt cramped. One day, two other divers joined us and it
really was cramped. The boat was equipped with a radio and oxygen. We
always got a thorough briefing of the dive site and were helped into our
BCs before entry. Entry was always a back roll off the side of the boat.
Getting back on the boat was via a small ladder, hung off the back. Most
dives started with a short swim to and down a wall. The walls here are
impressive and teeming with life. I wouldnt say it compares with Bloody Bay
Wall off Little Cayman, but it is very good wall diving. 

The typical dive profile would take us down to 70 to 90 with a swim along
the wall face until someone hit 1500 PSI. We would then turn around, swim
back, and come up near the boat on a shallow reef, where we would stay
until we felt like surfacing. Blowing off air in the shallows often turned
out to be the most interesting part of some dives, given the amount of
flora and fauna we would always see. My shortest dive was 45 minutes, but
most went for a full hour. Water temperature was a consistent 78 F. I saw
77 once, and 79 once. Visibility ranged from about 60 to as high as over
100, depending on currents and wind. 

At Alien Nation I heard my first Humpback whales. It was really quite eerie
and exciting, once I realized what I was listening to. Their songs were
surprisingly loud and varied from high pitched whistles to low grunting
sounds. On at least four different dives, the whale songs were heard. 

I wont go through each site, since most were very similar, so Ill just make
some general comments. We saw turtles at many sites, and they let us get
fairly close to them. I also saw lots of trumpetfish, large grey angels,
trunkfish, and fairy basslets. Chief Minister was notable for several large
fields of garden eels. Coral Garden is famous for its resident grouper,
Alexander. Alexander will swim right up to you and wait to be petted. He
has absolutely no fear of divers, and seems to seek out their company.
Parrotfish were seen at most sites, but nowhere near the numbers seen in
places like Bonaire. Barracuda were scarce, but the few we saw were huge.
The reefs were generally in good shape. There was good color, but not as
vibrant as what Ive seen in Cozumel. Some bleaching was evident in places,
but it did not seem widespread yet. 

The Bohio advertises shore diving. We didn't try it, nor did we ever see
anyone shore dive. The area off the beach is very shallow, with depths
ranging from 3 to 8 feet. Its mostly patch reef and, while suitable for
snorkeling, doesnt seem to offer much for divers. Youd really have to swim
out well over 100 yards to the wall to hit any good diving. There is a
decent small, shallow reef about 50 yards offshore, and the snorkelers did
have some fun out there. Closer to shore, the shallows host many juveniles.

Grand Turk is not really a tourist destination, except for the recent
influx of cruise ship passengers. You go there to dive, and find a
comfortable place to stay and eat. The Bohio is a plain and simple place to
stay while visiting Grand Turk. You are on an isolated island with few
amenities, and the resort reflects that fact. A fine beach, warm weather,
and some great food, make the Bohio a reasonable choice for anyone planning
on visiting the little island of Grand Turk. 

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