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Dive Review of Oasis Divers/Island House in
Turks and Caicos/Grand Turk

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Powers, MI, USA
Report Number 190
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
0-25 dives
Where else diving
Jamaica; Akumal, Mexico; Cozumel, Mexico
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recommended maximum depth, no time limit  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Dale at Oasis Divers very helpful in arranging trip and recommending
interisland air(Sky King-within an hour of on-time) and hotel. Diving very
good.  DM Paul was courteous and helpful but did not point out much
underwater.  Small boats comfortable for about six, but there were up to
ten divers on the boat some days and it took over 10 minutes to get them
all in the water.  Basic routine;  walk to front of boat, put on equipment,
back roll into water, wait for group, 30 minute tour of wall, use up rest
of air around boat, 5 minute safety stop, hand up equipment, climb up
ladder on back of boat.  Patch reefs and wall next to boat anchorage were
generally interesting. Wall only 300 yards offshore and boat rides only
5-10 minutes.  Shortest dive was 58 minutes, longest was 72.  Had a short
fill on the 58 minute dive, told DM, always 3000 psi thereafter.  Fishlife
good but not as good as Cozumel(less fish and smaller).  Many small tame
Nausau Grouper, get right in your face.  Turtles on every dive, lots of
tropicals.  Many shrimp, crabs, flamingo tongues, and featherdusters.

The Island House is a great place to stay.  Suites are spacious and clean.
Always a breeze-never used the AC.  Colin, the owner, was very helpful.  He
gives a tour of the island upon arrival. The room comes with a vehicle.  We
had an older S-10 pickup.  Very convenient-throw gear in the back and five
minutes to dive shop.  Nice to drive around the island in the afternoon to
see the wild horses, burros, cattle, and the bird life.  Adequate groceries
available on the island except for meat, fish, and fresh fruits and
vegetables, which are flown in only on Wednesday.  Take your own coffee if
you want good coffee.  Not much to do on the island except dive and relax. 
The manager of the museum is an overbearing Englishman.  The museum is
interesting but avoid his tour if you can.  Islanders very friendly.  The
best meals were at the Salt Raker Inn and The Regal Beagal(fried fish and
cracked conch very good and inexpensive).     
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