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

May, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by BRUCE RAABE, CA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 4819
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Roatan, Utila, Belize, Hawaii, Little Cayman...
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, rainy  
Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 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):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
Im just back from a short but very nice trip to Grand Turk.  We stayed at
the Osprey Beach Hotel and dove with Smitty who owns Grand Turk Divers. I
highly recommend both of these operations.  The hotel is basic but clean. 
A/C in every room.  No TV on the island still (nice). Its very nice
compared to the other options. The island is VERY quiet and so the OBH was
the one hotel that had any life.  The food there was excellent.  They have
a nice bar which is poolside.  Wi-Fi is slow but works.  The hotel is <5
minutes from the airport.  Breakfast is at Michaels Atrium Café
across the street.  Michael is also very friendly.  His food  quite good. 
The Sand Bar is a 1 minute walk from the hotel. It is not always open, but
a nice alternative from the Bird Cage bar at the hotel.

GT Divers is right across the street.  Smitty and his team are very nice. 
Their boat holds probably 6 but we were usually just 2-4 divers.  The boat
is beached directly in front of the hotel.  Boat rides are VERY short (3-10
minutes) as the wall is just off the beach. Walk out of your room onto the
beach.  Get in the boat. Go dive.  The water is FLAT.

Smitty was perfect for us.  Its more like diving with a friend as youre
responsible for your own gear.  He is the only one in the boat so hes busy
with that and also leads the dive. He mostly followed us around after
giving a general briefing of the dive profile.  Hes a quiet, gentle man
who does not look the part. He know the dive sites well. All the dives are
wall dives. The water was calm with no current.  We did see a 9 hammerhead
(came within 8ft of us), several dolphins, turtles, etc.  Not one eel. 
Nice coral though.  One seahorse! Each dive we came across a Lion Fish. 
They are taking over but very pretty. All surface intervals are done at the
hotel.  9am dive, 11:30 dive, 2:30 dive.

There are two other diver operators within a stones throw of the OBH.
Oasis and ??.  GT Divers is a smaller operation.  They are all small though
- using the same boats.  We met others who love Oasis so that may be an

There is VERY little shopping on this island.  Bring what you need.  You
dont need much.  Enjoy.
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