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

February, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Earl E. Carpenter, IL, USA
Report Number 400
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Florida Keys, Grand Cayman, Bahamas, Belieze, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
Water Temp
78   to 0    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 140    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
what was reasonable and proper...  after learning of our groups experience  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Not the place for 5-star dining, shopping and a concierge.  But if
you’re serious about diving, relaxation, and more diving,
it’s worth every bit of the extra effort it takes to get to this
location (our group of 7 will return.)  Every one of the islanders will
give you a “Hello” and a friendly smile. 
It’s a good place for a lazy American, -- they use the U.S.
dollar, they speak English and they want you to enjoy your experience so
you’ll come back to their island. The island has a lot of charm. 

If you want island flavor, stay at the Turks Head, if you want a U.S.
motel, go elsewhere.  The Turks Head is an old government building
that’s been converted into a residence.  The court yard is one of
its greatest assets.  Sitting there under the trees for breakfast, lunch or
dinner is truly a relaxing and memorable experience.  Service is truly
“island-ease”.  Food and drinks will be served when
their ready, -- not necessarily when everyone else’s is ready. 
And the ladies who serve you will take their time to enjoy a laugh or carry
on a conversation with you.  Special BBQ dinners seem to be a big deal and
numerous restaurants have them on different nights.  They were always fun
and with plenty to eat.  There are numerous places to eat within a block of
the Turks Head, and our group enjoyed all of them at various times and for
various reasons.  

“SIMPLY THE BEST” – why would you want to go
anyplace else?  Dale and Everett love what they do and it shows in each of
the people who work for them and the services they provide.  Dale made all
of the arrangements for our group on the island including the local airline
connection from Provos.  She made sure there was someone at the airport
that was looking specifically for members of our group by name, that
arrived at various times.  They got all luggage, equipment and diver to our
hotel.  Dale personally brought some luggage that the airline sent on a
later flight that evening.  Everett captained the dive boat we dove on that
week, and the things that he doesn’t know about the humpback
whale or any of the Grand Turk dive sites, hasn’t been
discovered.  We always had a good understanding of the site before we
entered the water.  From the first day to the last, we handled only our
fins and mask, the rest was brought to us when we sat on the back of the
boat ready to slip into it and jump in.  Everett’s love of the
humpback can sometimes turn into an hour chase rather than tying to a dive
buoy.  He got us up close to a mother and calf, -- a sight seldom seen by a
boatload of divers.  And then, we went back to the dive buoy for our
planned dive. Oasis also offered an afternoon of conch diving and a trip to
a sandy beach on a nearby island, where the conch was prepared into conch
salad to be eaten with BBQ’d burgers and hot dogs.  Again, the
knowledge of the staff and willingness to share it was greatly appreciated.
 And if working together all day wasn’t enough, one evening found
Everett and members of his staff jam’in with a local musician at
one of the BBQ dinners.  Oasis Divers is a family affair, and it truly
shows in the love and joy they put into every phase of our diving
experience in Grand Turk.  

Grand Turk offers some very memorable wall diving.  All dive sites were
within 20 minutes of Oasis.  The walls varied in the types and quantities
of corals and they varied from gradual decents to shear 90-degree drops. 
There were several tunnels and swim throughs, which offered magnificent
photo shots.   We saw memorable views of large schools of fish and also a
great variety of fish.  Although we did not see many large critters, we
heard of others who had.   The water temp was a constant 78 in early
February and the visibility varied from 80 to well over 100 feet.  Most
dive profiles were to drop to 80 to 100 feet and work our way back to the
top of the wall @ 40 to 50 feet. Our dives were not restricted by time or
air, but by our safety and our enjoyment.  

Our group is looking forward to the day we repeat this dive trip.   We
would highly recommend to any diver that you copy our agenda.
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