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

Oasis/Osprey Beach Resort, Aug, 2008,

by Robin Masson, NY, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 6 reports). Report 4338.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving all over the Caribbean, Thailand, Australia, Baja
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility 60 to 80 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions make sure the dive lasts longer than an hour, take it slow and enjoy!
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics N/A

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Big dunk tank on shore; fresh water bucket on boat. no film processing on island. surface intervals taken back at dive shop, so plenty of room to fiddle with cameras as needed when back on shore.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is a fabulous operation! I sigh as I write this, since we only had two days of diving before Hurricane Hanna hit, followed closely by Hurricane Ike. Now I hear that all boats have been destroyed and 80% of houses damaged, so I don't know how long they will take to recover. But when they do, PATRONIZE THEM AND YOU WON'T BE SORRY! Mackie, veteran dive master, is the best I've ever had. He loves to dive, and wants to squeeze the most out of every one of them. He goes verrrrrrrry slow, so you can see all the little critters and appreciate the beauty of the walls, which start at about 50-60 feet and plunge way down. No need to go below 80 feet for most dives, yielding a long dive -- each of ours was more than an hour, and one was an hour and 26 minutes! Boats are small, but roomy enough for the 6 divers they take on each one. They have 63ci tanks for those of us who like the little ones. Reefs are healthy and full of fish, turtles, and even some swimming nurse sharks. The wall is just off shore, so the boat rides to the dive sites are, at most, 10 minutes. Surface intervals are taken back at the shop, where you can stretch your legs, hang out on the beach, or whatever. You leave your gear after your first dive and never handle it again till you leave. Good quality rental gear, as well. Pricing is fair. They will arrange night dives if you want, even for just two people,but we didn't get a chance to do so before all H**L broke loose with the hurricanes. I'll definitely go back, but not during hurricane season!

Osprey Beach Resort is/was a nice little hotel on the beach, just a couple hundred yards down the road from the dive shop. The rooms are clean and airy and full of light, well furnished and many of them have kitchenettes with 2 burners, microwave, toaster oven & coffee maker. The staff was accommodating to our needs, and put out yeoman effort when Hurricane Hanna caused the power to go out -- they fed 20 hungry bored divers out of a tiny kitchen on generator power with alacrity and good humor. They had a beautiful beach, which washed away during Hurr. Hanna, but maybe the next storm will bring it back. If they recover from Hurr. Ike, they're a nice place to stay on the island.
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