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Dive Review of Oasis Divers/Saltraker Inn in
Turks and Caicos/Grand Turk

Oasis Divers/Saltraker Inn, Nov, 2006,

by George Lock, PA, USA . Report 3216.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Belize, Bonaire, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Palau, North Atlantic, North Carolina
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy, currents
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Had to stay with dive master.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 2 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments Needed to request a rinse tank for cameras.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 2 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments The 28' dive boat was loaded from a beach without the benefit of a pier, so dive equipment and cameras had to be carried through the surf to the boat. The boat was stocked with snacks and freshwater. There was little room to stow dry clothes, towels, etc.

The prepaid dive plan consisted of two dives each morning. The boat returned to shore between dives to replace tanks while we waited on the beach. In addition, we had the option of an afternoon or night dive, each day, if a minimum of four were signed up.

The boat captain served as the dive master, so the dive boat was unattended during dives. There was no radio on the boat, and no dive flag flown during dives.

The small flimsy ladder made reboarding the boat with dive equipment in choppy water a challenge.

The dive shop personnel and dive masters very helpful and friendly.
The dive masters were eager to point out unusual sights and photo opportunities.

Don't buy a prepaid meal plan; instead sample the different restaurants which are within easy walking distance of the Saltraker Inn, Osprey Beach Hotel, etc.

A new cruise ship pier has been built on the south end of the island and appears to have little impact on the diving. However, when a shipload of tourists appears at the dive shops to snorkel, jet ski, etc., albeit infrequently, the dive shop is somewhat overwhelmed for a brief period.
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