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

April, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Vicki Caldwell, CA, USA (1 report)
Report Number 4802
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bonaire, Tahiti, Phillipines, Hawaii, Bahamas, Catalina Island, various
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
77   to 78    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
65   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
We were free to dive as deep and long as our air supplies lasted, however,
we always had short fills in our tanks (2600-2700 psi).  We swam in the
divemaster's vicinity  but didn't really follow him. Our dives ranged
between 60 -75 minutes,  depending on air.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  2 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 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):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars    
4 stars   
3 stars    
We found Grand Turk to be too small for our liking since there was little
to do except dive and we had a non-diver in our group.  The accomodations
were quite adaquate with clean rooms that were serviced daily.  However,
the Osprey did not offer breakfast and lunch was served only during limited
hours.  We had to walk down the street to Michael's for breakfast where
service was slow and the menu was limited to whatever supplies were on
hand.  Better ask for the bill and pay the moment your food is served
because the wait can be more than 30 minutes to pay the tab.  We waited
nearly an hour one day to settle up, finally leaving the non-diver behind
to pay.  Lunch choices were limited as well.  We alternated between the
Osprey and the Sand Bar.  Again both menus had limited offerings.  Stay
away from the hamburger at the Sand Bar if not knowing what you are eating
bothers you.  Dinner at the Osprey was much better.  We went to the Bohio
one night for dinner and spent $60 for roundtrip cab fare.  The food
definately was not worth it and the service was extremely slow. We never
went back.  Captain Zen's Chineese restaurant was the best on the island
and was within walking distance of the Osprey.  We visited twice and
enjoyed it both times.  One night we took another $60 roundtrip to the
Cruise Center and had great drinks and pizza at the new Rum restaurant. 
The pizza was tasty and we enjoyed it but you have to get there before the
ship leaves.  There just aren't many options for meals on this island but
you can offset it some by going to the grocery store and stocking your mini
fridge with breakfast and/or lunch choices.

Oasis divers charges a whooping $13 per tank for nitrox.  We negotiated the
price down to $11 before arrival but did not feel like we got our money's
worth since NONE of the tanks were ever full.  Dale insisted on analyzing
all the tanks herself and refused to let us do it even when it was obvious
that she couldn't do the job without opening the valves wide open.  She was
more worried about her analyzer than she was about wasting our air supply. 
She did inform us that we were the first customers to request nitrox after
the hurricane and they had barely gotten their compressor up and running. 
I suspect that this was more due to the high price of nitrox at Oasis,
rather than the hurricane.  Oasis definately needs to rethink their nitrox
prices if they want to remain competitive in the market.  Dale did not
charge us the first day when our mix was only 29%, which was good.  

We had the same divemaster all six days and most of the time, it was just
us three divers plus the divemaster on the boat.  We really enjoyed this
since we had a new diver in our group.  However, Macdonald was our dive
master and his nickname was the Sleeping Giant.  He was a most likable man
and we thoroughly enjoyed his company topside, but he did little to point
out anything under the water.  He was, however, most attentive to the
newbie in our group and he did everything he could to boast his confidence
while ensuring his safety.  A couple of times, a local diver joined us but
they never interfered with us.  I actually enjoyed diving with one gal
since I had more air to spare so I followed along with her while the others
returned to the boat.  On occasion, another group of divers joined us, but
Oasis added another dive master so they went off in a different direction. 
I think this would be a big factor in selecting Oasis upon a return trip,
unless you get the divemaster from hell, that is.

We did not care for the dive schedule since the boat went out and came back
between every dive, making it a rather late afternoon return from the
second dive.  On most days, it was two o'clock before we went to lunch so
we had little time between lunch and dinner, which was not to our liking. 

We compared notes with some Osprey divers who were diving with Blue Water
Divers. They told us Blue Water did not offer nitrox, but they always had
3200 pounds of air on every dive.  Also, Blue Water went out in the morning
and stayed out until the second dive was completed so their group always
got back before us.

The island was still recovering from the hurricane, both on land and in the
water.  The coral was not as colorful or vibrant and there was still a
layer of sound covering a lot of the walls.  There was not much sea life to
see and we were disappointed at the lack of creatures that were not hiding
in the many nooks and crannies on the coral walls.  On our last day, we
ventured out to The Library, where we finally saw an abundance of crabs but
before that, only one crab and one lobster was found during eleven dives. 

The water was 78 degrees on the first day, but after that, the weather was
a little colder as it rained some every day and the water dropped to 77
degrees at depth.  One day, it actually hailed on us in the boat!  Not
once, but twice! The hail only lasted for a few minutes but it was enough
to make us cold so we were quite chilly on that day's dives.  The water
temperature was colder than normal because of the hurricane, as was the air
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