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

Grand Turk Diving Co. Ltd/Oxprey Beach Hotel, Dec, 2013,

by Michael D Smith, OK, US (Reviewer Reviewer 3 reports). Report 7531.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Caribbean locations: Cozumel, Bahamas, Belize, Bahamas, Exumas, Caymans, Roatan, USVIs, BVIs, Turks & Caicos. Cocos Islands in the Pacific.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 60 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Suggested max depth of 80 feet and a 45 minutes of bottom time. Experienced divers with computers could dive their own profile and expected to return to the boat with a reasonable amount of air. Most of our dives were one hour plus.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
UW Photo Comments We are not photographers and there seem to be fewer divers with cameras this trip. A ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced For Subscribers Only
Comments If there is better all-around, land based diving in the Caribbean than that to be found on Grand Turk, I haven't been there yet. Glover's Reef off Belize has larger fish in general, but the total diving experience on Grand Turk is absolutely top notch in my book. This was our fourth trip to Grand Turk and the third annual holiday visit in a row. We will probably return for a fourth time in December 2014.

5 to 10 minute boat rides are the norm for getting to the sites along the seven miles of reef capped wall on the west shore. We dive with Grand Turk Diving and their boats load from the nearby beach with plenty of assistance from owner Algrove (Smitty) Smith and Dive Masters Jason and Jake. The shop managed our gear for the whole stay. We rinsed and hung our dive skins to dry at the shop and kept our masks and fins in our room. The shop also has good quality rental equipment. Our normal schedule was two days of diving and one day off. Divers arrive at the shop between 8:30 and 9:00 AM to get suited up, squared away and loaded onto the skiffs and head out by 9:15 to 9:30 . . . though everything runs on island time. The shop is very accommodating and service oriented. Chris manages the shop and offers some of her hand made glass and metal jewelry for sale along with standard dive shop merchandise; sodas, water, and a few bags of chips, cookies, peanuts etc.

We mostly dove with experience dive travelers, and locals on this stay, with a few less experienced folks thrown in over our three weeks on the island. Only an occasional diver from the cruise ships that make stops there now. The primary contract for those cruise ship passengers wanting to get in a little scuba is held by Oasis Divers.

Grand Turk Diving LTDs boats are small Carolina skiffs with canvas canopies accommodating a maximum of eight divers. All of GTDs boats had oxygen, first aid kits, a dry ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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