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

Grand Turk Diving Co./Osprey Beach Hotel, Jun, 2009,

by Barbara Shively, md, usa (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 7 reports). Report 4947.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving All over the Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas no currents
Water Temp 76 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None, Smitty lets us do our own thing which is wonderful!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Because we are rarely more than 5 minutes from shore and return to shore between dives there is no need for extensive UWP facilities on board.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling 3 stars
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Smitty continues to be the greatest divemaster we have ever known and the new equipment at Grand Turk Diving is first rate. I love being able to do 90 minute dives when my air allows! My bad back makes Smitty's extra assistance with my gear a wonderful and necessary thing. Last year's hurricanes have taken their toll both above and below water. The island is still recovering and the fish life seemed less abundant than in the past. Sadly our favorite friendly Nassau grouper, Alexander, has disappeared. Lionfish abound which may contribute to the relative scarceness of other species. I was able to find and photograph most all the species I was looking for -- there were just less of them than before. Osprey Beach Hotel is fully operational except for no TV which we rarely watch anyway. The beer was cold, the food good and the company fine. This is our 12th year of diving Grand Turk and far from our last.
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