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

June, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Shawn Nelson, MN, USA
Report Number 2093
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Roatan, Dominica, Maui, Lake Superior, Iron Ore Mines in
Minnesota, Various Minnesota lakes
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Stay with your buddy  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
1 stars  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
There was no rinse tank or camera table aboard the boat.
Rinse tank and table at the shop.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
2 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Oasis Divers owners Dale and Everette Barker ran an excellent dive
operation including very knowledgeable and friendly dive support staff. The
facility is just a couple minute walk from the Osprey Beach Hotel where we
stayed. My wife and I dove on a small boat with no more than 7 total divers
throughout the 7 days of diving. Cookies, water, and towels were provided.
There was no oxygen, rinse tank or table for cameras but we were told they
were unnecessary because of the short boat rides. All entries were back
rolls and exiting the water required removal of your gear and handing it to
the dive master before climbing the ladder. Our dive master/boat captain
(Mackie) was awesome. He was very laid back but informative and
responsible. We enjoyed his sense of humor and approach to keeping us
entertained. We prebooked 3 dives a day for our trip and didn't regret it.
We only repeated one dive site as we went to the "Library" again
on one of our night dives. Many times Jackie and I were the only divers on
the island diving the beautiful wall on our afternoon and night dives. The
diving was incredibly easy with no dive restrictions that we encountered.
We dove on air for all of our 19 dives that averaged 71 minutes while our
max depth averaged 83' on each dive including a number of dives below 100'.
Dale accompanied us on one dive and on the way out we spotted a pod of
dolphins at which time Mackie stopped the boat and let us snorkel with them
for quite a while. We were very impressed with the abundance of fish life
and the most impressive soft coral that we'd ever seen. We didn't see much
that we hadn't seen before in the Caribbean other than a Batfish and very
approachable Grouper at "Coral Gardens" - not a lot of sharks,
turtles, or rays. Our most entertaining creature was a very playful octopus
on one of our night dives. The wall where we did all our diving was no more
than 5-10 minutes ride from Oasis dive shop. Good shore diving on the
island was really non-existent although Oasis will provide all the air you
Air temp was in the low 90's much of our stay while the water was a nice
82F. We only experienced one small stretch of rain.
There wasn't a lot to do in terms of activities other than diving. We
rented bikes one day from Val's but our experience was far less than
perfect. We road them 3 miles and pushed them 5 miles during the short time
we rented them. We each got flat tires while riding on tar roads and a
pedal broke off. Val was quite rude as she accused us of wrecking her bikes
and stated that now she had to pay someone to get them fixed so our
attempts at trying to obtain a partial refund failed. No hard feelings. We
were entertained almost every night by the enthusiastic band High Tide. A
great value and great time to spend an afternoon was going to Gibbs Cay for
barbecue and swimming with the stingrays.

Our stay at the Osprey was nothing special but had no complaints. We
enjoyed the barbecue that the Osprey provided one evening during our stay -
it was about $30 each which included one entree (fish or chicken) and all
you could eat salads - drink not included. We had horrible service at the
Water's Edge restaurant but the food was fine. Hopefully the waitress was
just having a bad day but upon simple questions about menu items she rolled
her eyes numerous times and sighed heavily as if were seriously
inconveniencing her. We enjoyed the rest of our meals at the quaint and
extremely friendly Sandbar restaurant/bar on the beach. The food on the
island is quite expensive for what we're used to on a dive trip. Each meal
could reach $50 US with just one drink each even for a simple burger and
fries. We brought items from home for our breakfast and snacks which worked
out well. 
There are only a couple other dive operations on the island but none can
compare to Oasis. A new resort with a dive shop (Bohio) was about to open
which may provide some actual competition. Oasis is in the process of
building a second facility on the south end of the island by the new cruise
ship pier being built. We were promised the arrival of cruise tourists
would not alter the experience that we encountered but it's hard to

Although it was the most expensive of all our dive trips thus far(including
Maui) we had a great trip and would definitely recommend diving here. In
fact all the people we met come here regularly to dive with Oasis because
of the great and easy diving.

Shawn and Jackie Nelson 
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