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

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Glenda Ester, WA, USA
Report Number 2417
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Bonaire, Cabo San Lucas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, surge  
Water Temp
75   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 75    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No restrictions were enforced.  Dive masters would tell us what depth would
be their maximum for a given dive.  Dive master would watch new divers
closely for the first couple of dives and once they were comfortable with
each divers ability, they allowed computer profile diving.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Boat would return to dive shop between dives.  Seperate rinse tank for
cameras only.  Benches available to lay camera gear on while the
photographer either changed film or rested and relaxed.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
The good - Went to Grand Turk in 1993 and we were so pleased to see that
the island hasn't been total changed because of the new cruise ship dock
and influx of cruise ship visitors.  It's still the small, quite island
that we remembered.  The largest change was the telecommunications
capability (internet, telephone & a couple of cell phone providers) and
the selection of television channels to choose from.  This was my son's 1st
dive trip after being certified so we selected this location because of the
level of diving required at the dive sites.

Oasis Divers is a great dive operation!  Well run, well organized, good
boats and great divemasters (Tim & Mackie were the greatest). 
Comunicated through email with Dale, the owner to arrange air
transportation between Provo & Grand Turk, hotel and dive package. 
Very responsive to all questions, concerns and special requests.  Selected
this dive operation based on reviews in the Chatbook and was not
disappointed.  Dale gave us all different options for hotel accomodations
and helped us select one based on our requirements. 

Decided to rent gear from the dive shop rather than haul our own because of
the weight restriction of Sky King (44lbs) and reports of gear being stolen
at the airports.  All gear was new or in great condition.  Well worth the
money spent to rent vs carry gear.  Tanks, weights & belts, BC's were
on board boats and ready to go for every dive.  Never changed out a tank
the whole time we were there.

Typical morning was arrive at the dive shop by 9AM.  Dive shop is across
the street from the shore where the boats (California skiffs) were waiting
for us.  If you are too far to walk to the dive shop, they arrange for you
to be picked up from your hotel or rental house.  We'd take our personal
gear with us to the boats and the crew would assist helping us board the
boats.  Travel out to the 1st dive site was 5-15 minute boat ride.  Dive
boats were never crowded.  On the way to the very 1st dive site encountered
a school of dolphins.  The divemaster stopped the boat so we could hop in
the water to swim with the dolphins.  Once arriving at the dive site, the
divemaster would brief us on the dive site, depths, times, directions and
special things to look for.  Divemaster would help us into our gear and
we'd back roll into the water.  Divemaster would be last in the water and
1st out to help us back onto the boat.  After the 1st dive, we'd head back
to the beach and spend the surface interval back at the dive shop.  Water,
snacks & towels were available on the boat and fresh water showers,
rinse tanks for cameras, drinking water and restrooms were available back
at the dive shop.  During the dive interval, the crew would change out our
tanks and get the gear reassembled for the 2nd dive. Oasis Divers also
offered afternoon and night dives.  Their only requirement was a minimum of
4 divers and since we were a group of 4, we could take advantage of the
afternoons and night dives anytime we wanted.  Divemasters were very
accomodating on requests for dive sites.  They made sure that we didn't
dive any dive site twice unless we specifically requested it.  Oasis Divers
also offers afternoon trip to Gibbs Caye.  On the way to the small island,
the boat stops so the group can free dive for conch.  After you get to
Gibbs Caye, you feed the sting rays while the crew prepares hamburgers and
hot dogs and the boat drivers clean the fresh conch.  They then prepare a
conch salad for dessert that is out of this world.  Bring your snorkling
gear, sunscreen, a hat and sandles to explore the island.

Osprey Hotel was 1 block away from the dive operation.  Clean and nicely
furnished rooms.  We had 2 rooms with a connecting door.  One room had a
king with a small refrigerator and coffee pot.  The other room had 2 double
beds, a kitchenette with microwave, refrigerator, table and chairs, and
cooking utensils.  Breakfast was served at the Courtyard cafe around the
corner from the hotel.  Great food to start off the day.  Lunch and dinner
were available at the Osprey and a barbeque was available on Sunday &
Wednesday evenings.  Best restaurant on the island was the Guanahani
located at the Bohio Hotel.  Also check out the Sandbar (best rum punch and
conch on the island) and the Breakwater.  If your doing night dives, plan
ahead with the restaurants to get food after 9PM or you could be out of

The bad - the weather wasn't perfect.  It rained with thunder and lightning
a couple of days during the time we were there.  Caused a lot of surge and
stirred up the sand underwater which reduced the visibility down from the
normal Carribean standards.  Once the weather cleared, the visibility
returned and so did the schools of fish.  Even though vis was down, we
still saw a Manta ray, a couple of nurse sharks and lots of turtles.

Very pleased with the accuracy in the reports about Oasis Divers and the
Osprey Hotel in the Chatbook.  The dive operation and the hotel more than
met our expectations.  We will dive with Dale & Oasis Divers again on
our next trip to Grand Turk.
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