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

February, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Gerry Keavany, NH, USA
Report Number 949
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, dry  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
75   to 77    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Return to the boat alive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 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
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
5 stars    
Grand Turk is a wonderful dive destination that has wonderful beaches and
enough local interest for the non-diver as well.  Oasis Divers runs a great
operation, in spite of the owner, Dale.  She is perhaps the moodiest (that
is being polite)owner of any dive operation I have run across in my years
of diving.  She had an attitude the whole week and the divers on our boat
were quite taken aback by the way she "interacted" with her
customers.  So, we just stayed away from her and didn't let her spoil the
otherwise wonderful hospitality of the employees.  Our DM, Paul, was
absolutely superb.  He was born and raised on Grand Turk and has an
incredible knowledge of both the island and all the dive sites.  His
briefings were interesting and full of useful information and he took time
to make sure everyone on the boat was prepared and comfortable with the
site before they left the boat.  He really made you feel that he was there
to make your dive vacation as enjoyable as it could possibly be.  Also
worth mentioning is Shirley, who runs the retail part of the operation. 
She is a delightful lady who always has a smile and nice things to say. 
She also gives great advice on where to dine on the island.
The first two days there was a reverse wind that forced us to stay on the
south side of the island, which is mediocre diving at best.  When the wind
turned back to it's normal direction, we were able to dive the west side of
the isalnd and that was simply spectacular!  If you're a "wall
freak", there are few places better than Grand Turk.  The coral life
on the wall is eye-popping and the wall itself is awe-inspiring!  
My most memorable dive was "Amphitheatre", where you head down a
sand chute and come off the wall at about 80 feet, hold your breath and
just listen to the humpback whales sing!  It was a non-stop symphony and
something I will never forget. 
I was fortunate enough to also see a black-tip reef shark while diving on
"Coral Garden" on one dive and then at the same site, had a pod
of 12 dolphins swim within 30 feet!  I think my eyes popped out of my
The Osprey Beach Hotel is on the water and is a very well run establishment
that features simple rooms that are kept spotless by a friendly staff.  The
food at the hotel is tasty but overpriced.  The one exception is their
Conch Chowder; it is worth every penny they charge!  Absolutely fabulous. 
For more affordable meals with larger portions, try Waters Edge, which is
right across from Oasis Divers.  Get there early and the service is
acceptable.  Once it gets crowded, expect to wait quite awhile before your
food arrives.  The Courtyard Cafe, which is across from the Osprey is open
for breakfast and lunch.  Service is fast and friendly, you can charge the
meals to your room and their food is delicious, especially their desserts. 
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