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

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Tom Hayes, FL, USA (9 reports)
Report Number 2208

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Reporter
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Primarily Carribean

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
50   to 70    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Certification Limits  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
2 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Comments
Generally not set up for UWP, but Oasis will provide rinse tank on boat if
desired.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
5 stars   
Advanced
5 stars    
Comments  
This was our fourth trip to Grand Turk, and second stay at the Island
House.  The accomodations included a full kitchen, which was useful since
the dining options on the island are somewhat limited and pricey- although
generally very good.  The room came with a pickup (and bicycles) which made
getting around very easy.  The proprietor (Colin Brooker) could not have
been more gracious and helpful.  The place has a nice pool and a great
view, although it is not on the water.  Air conditioniong was marginal, but
the breeze and plenty of fans keep things cool.

Oasis Divers is the best operator we have found in the Carribean- we never
had to handle our gear after the first trip- it was rinsed and stored each
night and put back on the boat in the morning.  We never had more than four
divers on the boat, although we have had six on previous trips.  All the
surface intervals were on shore since none of the dive sites are more than
a ten minute boat ride.  The divemasters are all very professional and
provide excellent briefings.  They were as much involved in the dive as
requested, but otherwise just stayed along and let us do our thing.  They
were extremely attentive to a couple of inexperienced divers doing their
first ocean dives, and made them feel very comfortable in the ocean
environment.

The reefs are in great condition and the fish life is abundant.  Water
clarity was good, and except for a light chop on several days could not
have been more enjoyable.  We saw most everything we wanted to see
including numerous nurse sharks, turtles and rays.  The macro critters are
abundant, as are the eels, lobsters and crabs.

We also made a trip to Salt Cay, although the diving was not as varied as
on Grand Turk.  I would not want to spend a week of diving there but for a
few days there is a lot to see.  Do not miss the chance to visit Porter at
the Island Thyme House (bar & restaurant) and ask him about "going
to the zoo" (You get to keep the shot glass if you sample the
requisite number of "animals").  Just don't do it before you
dive.

The cruise ships will begin docking in March of 2006, but most of the
activities will be confined to the south end of the island.  Hopefully, the
quiet ambiance of Grand Turk will not be affected.
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