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Dive Review of Oasis Divers/Island House in
Turks and Caicos

March, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Richard Saunders, In, USA
Report Number 2352
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Fl.Keys, Cozumel, Saint Croix USVI, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, cloudy, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
75   to 76    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Dove with a dive master who was easygoing regarding individual preferences
within safety limits.  If it was safe we could do our own thing.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
2 stars  
Underwater photographers were Pretty much on there own.  Top side picture
opportunities were good.  Pretty town and the water is beautiful
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
3 stars    
We just got back from Grand Turk(3-10 through 3-17). Oasis Divers is a very
good dive shop and our Dive Master (Macky)was terrific. Dale(owner) seemed
stressed most of the time and we never saw Everett who we had heard about
from your writeups. If you let Oasis make interisland air arrangements make
sure they give you plenty of time between connections. We missed ours.
Customs is very slow. Grand turk is quirky but ok, we enjoyed most of it
and felt safe wherever we went. Some islanders seemed resentful(ie.
grocery, bakery, airports etc.) but in tourist areas they were great
generally. Everyone at the dive shop was very friendly. Boats usally held 6
comfortably with sevice intervals back on beach at dive shop. The diving
was relaxing, coral was bleached and we were disappointed in the fish life.
(Personnaly feel the Florida Keys are every bit as good or better, cheaper
and closer but when it's winter you want to go somewhere warm) 3 mil suits
were a must. We heard the water temp has been cooler in winter and warmer
in summer obviously stressing the reefs. Heard some returning divers
discussing diminished sea life. It's awesome diving while hearing whales
sing. Wouldn't want to dive here during cruise ship days as Oasis has gone
all out to accomadate the masses. Might take the day off or go with other
dive shop those days.  Looked as if it could get crazy around Oasis when
the ships are in.  
Island House is great place to stay and Colin a wonderful host. We enjoyed
our leisurely breakfasts and coffee on the deck since we didn't have to be
at dive shop till 8:45 or so. Having a vehicle was a great perk from Island
House. The Light House was a nice place to wander and good area for
pictures.  Hope the cruise ships don't have a negative effect on it all. A
great place to relax. Colin gave us a personal tour of town upon arrival,
pointing out spots of interest and was always available for any questions
or info.  There aren't many places to eat and the food is pricey
everywhere.  Service is on island time.  Water's Edge had great food but
very slow. SandBar service better. Mooky Pooky's Pizza was great and Poop
Deck chicken very good if you feel like waiting around for it.  Grocery at
Cee's building seemed pretty good.
Our problems were with airlines and we feel compelled to warn other's of
our travel problems immediately. We found both US Air and Air Turks and
Caicos to be totally inadequate in their ability to transport us where we
paid to go, on time, or to make it right when they didn't.  We ended up
buying additional round trip tickets to/from  Grand Turk due to US Air not
getting us to our connection in Provo. Sky King did not let us on our
flight even though 2 people(immed. in front of us) who arrived with us were
allowed to board. We were 2-3 minutes late (due to 1 hr. late arrival and
slow customs) the plane was sitting right outside the door and the manifest
was still in the building when we presented our tickets. But we were too
late according to ticket agent. Departing we were forced to purchase
additional oneway tickets home costing $1400.00 on US Air due to Air Turks
and Caicos running a training flight and then putting the plane into
routine maintainance following that, cancelling flights without any
notification. US Air refused to transfer our original tickets although on
two occaisions they said we could do that. Upon arrival in Provo, ATC
denied responsibility for our missed flight, additional air fare or
accomadations.  A customer sevice person for ATC, ourselves and our
daughter in US all tried for 2 days to get  help from US Air and found
conflicting info regarding available seats, transfer of tickets and
protocol in such situations.  There was no help at all from US AIR in Provo
and expecting help from TCI Tourist Board is a joke. I will not fly Us Air
or Air Turks and Caicos and urge fellow divers to do the same.  Although
our trip to and from Grand Turk was frustrating the vacation was one of the
more relaxing dive trips we've had. The water was beautiful and the weather
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