Undercurrent Home
Home  |  Members' Home
Get notified of the latest reader reports
What's this?

Join Undercurrent on FacebookJoin us on Facebook!

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

November, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Dale Thompson, CA, USA
Reviewer (3 reports)

Report Number 3093
Subscribe Now Questions?
Subscribers can send this reviewer an email directly from here.

Visit the Oasis Divers Website

Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Many Carib islands, S Pacific
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm  
Water Temp
81   to 83    ° Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
3
Water Visibility
40   to 80    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
no  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dive masters set a max depth for each dive and kept the group together and
at the dpeth specified, or less.  Got upset with some wandered off and got
out of dive master's sight.   
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
1 or 2 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  2 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
3 stars
Food
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
2 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
Osprey Beach Hotel was recently removated and in fairly good condition -
for a typical small Carib island operation.  Staff very accomodating, on
the other hand air-conditioner rattled and wheezed, distrubed by other
occupants next door and above rom due poor construction.  

4 restaurants in walking distance, all had same basic island food - conch,
fish, chicken, curry, steak; all reasonable well done and inexpensive. 
Service varied from slow to glacical, but usually friendly.  New cruise
ship terminal just opened at South end of island.  Attempt at upscale
restaurant there just opened, may prove to be a nice alternative to local
places near the hotel.  Rental car unnecessary as hotel, restaurants and
dive operation all a few blocks apart.

Dive operation well below usual standards.  Small boats with beach access
to board, tank racks not set up behind seating beches but rather on boat's
center deck/floor.  Only caried tanks for one dive, so AM, two dive trips
required a return to the beach and a 20 - 25 minute wait while the
operator's staff changed out tanks across the beach.  Access by back roll
from bow was usual, return to boat via unusually small, unsteady, and
poorly designed ladder adjacent to outboard motor - with minimal hand holds
to complicate it.  One member of our group lost a day of diving to back
strains directly attributed to poor ladder. Also, one dive master/boat
captain, so boat left unattended while all were in the water (all divers
expressed concern about this - the dive master's response "Well a few
boats have drifted off before but it hasn't happened to me."  [yet!]).
 Finally boats used moorings where available (about 50% of the sites), but
anchored freely as needed - usually managed to get the anchor into the
sand, but chain frequently dragged across coral.  This was a
"PADI" dive center, the best on the island according to most
reviews.

Underwater typically saw rich assortment of small fish, but little large
stuff.  Given dive operator, would not return.   
Leave a comment (Subscribers only -- 200 words max)

Visit the Oasis Divers Website

 

Subscribe Now
Subscribers can post comments, ask the reviewer questions, as well as getting immediate and complete access to ALL 270 dive reviews of Turks and Caicos and all other dive destinations. Complete access to all issues and Chapbooks is also included.

Bookmark and Share

Other dive reports on Oasis Divers

All Turks and Caicos Dive Reviews and Reports
Diving Guide to Turks and Caicos
Diving Reviews for All Dive Destinations

Want to organize Turks and Caicos reports in one place?
Use the Mini Chapbook Facility to create your personalized collection.

Note: The information here was reported by the author above, but has NOT been reviewed nor edited by Undercurrent prior to posting on our website. Please report any major problems by writing to us and referencing the report number above.

Undercurrent Home


Sign up to receive our free
Undercurrent Online Update email
with news for serious divers
            Unsubscribe
We will not sell, exchange, or give your email address to any third party
.


Copyright © 1996-2014 Undercurrent (www.undercurrent.org)
3020 Bridgeway, Ste 102, Sausalito, Ca 94965
All rights reserved.