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Dive Review of Oasis Divers/Osprey Beach in
Turks and Caicos/grand turk

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by W Glen Kitchens, NM, US
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Report Number 5486
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
throughout Pacific & Carribean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
500 PSI at the boat;  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
3 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
5 stars   
3 stars    
Recently back from Grand Turk in the Turks & Caicos (TCI). Dove for
seven days with Oasis Divers which is a well-run operation. Should probably
report here that Oasis has two locations & one serves ONLY cruise ship
divers. This is an operation at the south end of the island near the
dedicated cruise boat pier. The operation my buddies & I dove with is
owned by the same people but it's located well north on the beach &
they do a very good job of catering to serious divers & photographers.
Dale & her husband run both operations & while I can't speak to the
'cruise' operation, she was very accomodating to my dive group. Shortly
after we had checked into Osprey Beach Hotel which is a short walk from
Oasis, Dale dropped by the bar (intuitive) with the paperwork for diving
& answered all our questions about what to expect. She told us we would
have the diveboat all to ourselves & while we had all heard that one
before, it turned out to be true!

While Dale kept things in order on shore, Mackie took charge on the boat.
My buds & I never had seen one man work so hard & we've made lots
of trips together! Mackie was the boat captain, divemaster, tank changer,
tank filler, & fill-in photographer when one of our group left his
camera & headed back to the boat early on one dive.

Most dives are 5 - 10 minutes from the shore & the flat-bottom boat
provides plenty of room for gear as well as fresh water container for
cameras. Most sites are bouyed but on a couple of dives Mackie did have to
drop the anchor & once the wind picked up, the rope did a bit of reef
dragging. But considering Mackie's the only help on the boat, he did a very
good job. Water temp in late April was 80-82 F. Currents were generally
light which made for good bottom time w/ excellent water clarity. I had to
ask Mackie if the boat had ever slipped off the mooring - he said one time
it did but it was a short swim back to shore!

Since the airlines have started 'nickel & diming' their customers at
every turn, I have started renting SCUBA gear I used to carry, to stay
under weight restrictions. Oasis gear was very good quality & presented
no problems.

Considering recent hurricane activity in the area, the reefs are in very
good shape. While diving we did not see any large fish, but the reefs were
alive w/ activity from all the usual suspects & dolphins ran w/ our
boat on one occasion. Whales were spotted passing through while we were on
the island.

At Osprey Beach Hotel the rooms offered a lot of space to spread out w/ a
kitchenette, AC & TV. The hotel also has an excellent white sand beach.
We learned quickly to disregard the menu & just ask what was available
to eat. The hotel did not offer breakfast & we found the best place for
a good breakfast was Salt Raker Inn, just down the road. Considering it was
early & the mosquitos were waking up, Salt Raker included a spray can
of Off, along w/ the salt & pepper. We also ate dinner at Salt Raker
& the food was always good. They even had ice cream, after the waitress
at Osprey told us there was none to be found on the island! A car rental is
not necessary as taxis are readily available & most amenities are
within walking distance from the hotel. There are only three dive
operations on Grand Turk & the last week of April, we were virtually
the only visiting divers on the island, except for the days the cruise
ships landed.

The cruise boats only appear on Mondays & Fridays w/ the other five
days being pretty quiet (at least when we were there) w/ just the
day-to-day goings-on. But when the big boats hit, suddenly all the bars are
full & the narrow roads are busy w/ taxis & tour vans. After a week
of diving, you don't want to miss the chance to hit the cruise pier when
the boats come in for a little 'sightseeing'. Margaritaville alone is worth
a visit to watch everyone get crazy!

We all met up at Miami International Airport & stayed at the Airport
Hotel in Concourse E. The next morning we flew to Providenciales & from
there had to puddle-jump to Grand Turk on Air Turks & Caicos. NOTE:
Their baggage policy allows only 44 pounds checked without charges. The
U.S. dollar is the official currency - bring plenty as the island is a bit
more expensive than a typical Belize or Mexico location & some places
on Grand Turk don't take credit cards. English is the official language of
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