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Dive Review of Ocean Haven in
Turks and Caicos/South Caicos

July, 2002, an Instant Reader Report by Stanley Cohen, H9B 2J7, Canada
Report Number 148
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Bahama, Canadian lakes, Mexico, Cuba
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
80   to 85    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
If you show that you know what you are doing you have to only stay above
130 ft. But Bob and Diane are reasonable and when they get to know you you
can dive as the your plan requires.   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
No precossing, no specific camera table. You could arrange your own water
bucket but nothing specific on the boat. Cameras were handeled with care.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
This is my second time at the Ocean Haven. The Island has not changed what
with the free ranging wild running animal complements of last trip with the
addition of a bull! Ocean Haven is still a basic, clean utility with air
conditioning and pool. Snorkling off the dock is interesting. The end room
with the prevailing easterly breeze caressing me as I lay in bed felt so
good that nothing would have got me up except the excellent diving. Food
was plentifull, healthy, with new recipies Diane likes to try out on you.
Chicken, fish, salad, fruit bowl, all O.K. Four sharks the first dive, look
down, sting ray in the sand, look up - a flotilla of six spotted eagle
rays, oh, here comes JoJo the dolphin, a little worse for wear but still
fun to free dive with and that's only the first dive. Second dive - turtle
munching, framed by two queen angels with a grey angel in the background
next to two parrots. I couldn't have ARRANGED the scene any better. Real
blue gorgonians, anchors, ropes to nowhere over the wall, lobster, all
there. Exploring shark bay wall was a treat with the unexpected popping up
around every corner of the wall with a river of sparkling white sand
flowing over the wall as a backdrop. Needless to say the diving is still
the best I have encountered. Two dives included with the package with as
many as you want as add ons- exra. No Nitrox. Bob and Diane are wonderful
and will go out of their way to make your stay most enjoyable. There were
only three of us diving but some fishermen were also staying at the Ocean
Haven. At other times of the year it could get crowded, close and noisy but
I only had the breeze and ocean sounds to lull me to sleep. South Caicos
itself is a haven from the rest of the world with no malls, shopping,
discos etc. A walk back in time - way back laid back. Enjoy a cold Heiniken
at the two stool at Trench Town Bar a block away. Sometimes the  students
(or profs) from the university outpost may dance on the tables when the
going gets too boring or it is their last day of classes. I hiked to the
house atop the hill, 3 hours there and back. I enjoyed the changeing flora
and fauna. Very hot, like a biblical patriarch walking in the desert under
the broiling sun! My spot on the beach in front of the two cement buildings
saw no one else but me for the time that I was there. The low tide walk
through shark bay was interesting but beware the unevenness of the sand
bottom. All in all an adventurous time with superb diving. More expensive
than last year but worth it. You lose a day coming and going. Beware of
baggage delay on Sky King to and from Provo. 
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