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Dive Review of Oasis Divers/Osprey Beach Hotel in
Turks and Caicos/Grand Turk

June, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by James D. Heckelman, Ohio, US
Report Number 1286
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
Quarries, Lake Erie, Tobermorey, Bonne Terre Mine, Florida Springs, Caves
and Keys, Bahamas, Haiti, St. Thomas, Honduras, Belize, Cozumel, Roatan,
Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Hawaii, Red Sea, Australia Great Barrier Reef and
Coral Sea.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
81   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
120 feet max. depth  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Our group consisted of 6 divers and 4 non-divers. We arranged our diving
with Oasis Divers  Grand Turk, owned by Dale Barker. Dale also arranged
our stay at the newly renovated Osprey Beach Hotel (our choice), and
arranged for a car rental. Captain Everette Freites was our dive leader.
Dale and Everette were extremely accommodating. Even though sometimes there
were only two other divers, one boat was used for our group, and a second
boat was used for the other divers. Everette helps Dale run the business,
and does not routinely lead dives. Since they were short a couple of
divemasters, Everette was the divemaster for our group. He is excellent! We
soon learned to follow him, at least for the first half of the dive,
because he knew where all the critters were. Everette is very knowledgeable
and safety conscious. From what we observed, all of the divemasters are
well qualified and provide the same quality of service that Everette
provided. What a joy to dive with Oasis Divers!

The boat dives were great, and compare favorably to Little Cayman diving.
The wall starts in 25 to 40 feet of water. Every dive was a wall dive, with
plenty of time to burn off nitrogen after ascending on top of the wall. The
coral is very healthy. Turtles and fish are abundant. Several large
groupers allowed us to pet them. Several green moray eels were seen as well
as a number of stingrays. Three to six dolphins joined us briefly on four
dives. There was very little current, and the seas were usually 1/2 to 1
ft. Visibility was usually 75 to 100 ft. The water temperature was 81 to 82
degrees F. We did two morning dives and one afternoon dive each day, except
we only did two morning dives the day before we left. We did one night dive
that was fantastic. Although we had planned to do mostly afternoon beach
dives, we learned that there are only three or four places where the wall
comes close enough to shore for beach diving, and these are not located
close to the hotel. We did use our rented auto to go to two of these
locations, but after one dive of nothing but sand bottom, 50 ft.
visibility, occasional small coral and shallow water (and never getting to
the wall after 25 minutes), we decided that afternoon boat dives were well
worth the additional cost.  

Don't miss the trip for everyone (divers and non-divers) to Gibbs Cay, an
uninhabited island about 20 minutes from the dive shop, for a picnic and
snorkeling. Our group took this trip the afternoon of the day before we
left (after the two morning dives). On the way to Gibbs Cay, we free dove
for Conch. Then, after arriving on the island, the Oasis Divers crew (of
two) removed the conch from its shell, cut the conch into small pieces, and
made a fresh conch salad while the hamburgers and hot dogs were being
grilled. The highlight of the trip to Gibbs Cay is feeding and petting the
large stingrays that come right to the waters edge and take the food (small
fish provided by Oasis Divers) out of your hand. These exquisite animals
hung around entraining us the entire time (approximately 4 hours) that we
were on Gibbs Cay. The shallow water and white sandy beach make for a
wonderful experience for all and a perfect end to a great trip.

The Osprey Beach Hotel also was very accommodating, clean, pleasant and
Oasis Divers is just a short walk from the hotel. Every room has either a
balcony or a courtyard that faces the white sandy beach just a few yards
away. The water was calm. Palm trees provide shade for those who enjoy the
beach but wish to stay out of the sun.
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