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Dive Review of Grand Turk Diving Co. Ltd in
Turks and Caicos/Grand Turk

June, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Ron & Dawn Steedman, FL, US
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Report Number 5610
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Palm Beach,Barbados, Roatan, St. Thomas Hawaii,
Bonaire,Grand Cayman-East End, Cozumel, Belize
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
90   to    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational limits  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
None 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
N/A  
Large Pelagics
  N/A
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
N/A
Food
N/A
Service and Attitude
N/A
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
N/A  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
Beginners
4 stars   
Advanced
4 stars    
Comments  
We last dove here about 10 years ago. We arrived on a cruise ship, but made
our arrangements independently before we left home. Some of the same
operators are there from 10 years ago.We arrived at an artificial Carnival
"Grand Turk"- a beach and small shopping/ restaurant area
manufactured by Carnival- nothing like the real Grand Turk. A short taxi
drive took us to the dive shop in the laid back area we remembered. We
rented BCs- which were in good shape, and off we went with 4 other people
in an approx. 30' boat with a canopy for shade. There was a large cooler
for dry storage. For our first dive we requested  McDonalds, and we soared
through the arches into the blue abyss, over a wall, dropping more than
7,000 ft. The dive site was full of lush gorgonians, seafans,
sponges,corals, and black durgons. 2 very large lionfish were found and
dispatched by Smitty, our very capable dive master. Smitty entertained us
by coaxing out some garden eels, and he pointed out other interesting
things. The dive was to about 70 ft, for 65 minutes. We went back to the
beach and the dive shop for our interval, and we took a short walk down the
road. Our second dive was Approach Landing-63' for 52 min.- another pretty
dive with walls. Here, Smitty dispatched 4 large lionfish (much larger than
we have seen in Fla. or Bonaire).It was sad to see so many lionfish on only
2 dives. Smitty freezes the lionfish, and then they are taken to a
university for study. Although both dives were very nice, there was a
sparseness of fish that we didn't remember from the past. No aggregations.
After the dives, Smitty dropped us off in an area where we could walk back
to the pier.
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