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

April, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Barbara Shively, MD, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports)
Report Number 4109
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Many Caribbean islands, Florida, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 79    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None for known, repeat divers.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Very short boat rides and surface intervals on shore at hotel make on board
facilities unimportant. Smitty is great about handling our camera gear. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Algrove (Smitty) Smith finally, after many years with Sea Eye Diving, has
his own dive shop, Grand Turk Diving Co. in the same building that used to
house Sea Eye.  

My husband and I have been diving all over the Caribbean for many years and
with Smitty for about 12 years.  I consider him the best divemaster
anywhere! Based on personal experience, he ranks tops as an instructor, a
proficient and careful divemaster, a super spotter of 'critters', and a
darned nice guy -- this doesn't even cover his frequent equipment repairs
to our gear that was messed up during servicing at home!  

Everyone I know who has ever dived with Smitty considers him the best.  His
new operation has all new equipment including great new tanks that allowed
us to drop 2 to 4 lbs. each from our weights. 

As an underwater photographer I often ask Smitty to look out for some
particular 'critter' I want to shoot and more often than not he finds it. 
In fact he finds things I can't even see like very tiny pipehorses and

Don't go expecting to keep to a strict schedule -- almost all of our dives
are more than an hour bottom time with many of them going to an hour and a
quarter or longer.   Repeat customers become friends for life -- it's just
that sort of place and that sort of operation.
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