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

December, 2013, an Instant Reader Report by Michael D Smith, OK, US
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Report Number 7531
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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

calm, choppy  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
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.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
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Small Critters
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Large Fish
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Large Pelagics
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We are not photographers and there seem to be fewer divers with cameras
this trip.  A ...
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Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
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3 stars
Service and Attitude
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Environmental Sensitivity  
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3 stars  

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Value for $$
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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

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  ...
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