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Dive Review of Sea Eye Divers/Osprey Beach Hotel in
Turks and Caicos/Grand Turk

Sea Eye Divers/Osprey Beach Hotel, Oct, 2002,

by Jill Guthrie & Mike Webber, BC, Canada . Report 337.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 51-100 dives
Where else diving St. Lucia, Cozumel, Big Island of Hawaii, Figi, and British Columbia
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 85 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 75 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return at 500 PSI. We generally stay with guide but wondered when ever we wanted.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Standard water tub for Camera, dive masters always helped you in and out of boat and took care to help with camera's etc.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Sea Eye Divers dive masters (DM) always asked us where we had been and tried to take us somewhere new each time. Most 1st dives were alone with DM and back to Osprey for SI and then a local retired couple often joined for 2nd dive. All dives were over 1 hour and few at 80+ minutes, depths 60 to 100 feet in 1st dives.

Most dives good vis, but due to earlier storms none were great. Aquarium - turtles, Tunnels - great swim throughs, Amphitheatre - tight swim thru (optional of course)and sting rays, and nice wall after long shoot. Finbar - huge crab and cute porcupinefish.

Osprey Beach Hotel: We got one of the newly renovated rooms with four poster king bed on second floor near bar. Room was perfect, bright, nice white tiles, beautiful dark wood furniture with white immaculate linens and nice deck over white sand beach and azure ocean. Jenny, the owner, was great, and Allan, the manager (and sometimes cook) ran a fun bar with locals and guests mingling and the best food on the island. We did not take meal plan as like to experiment. Nice to try other places but Osprey had nicest food in the end. Courtyard Cafe was great for breakfast and lunch with nice home made specials daily.

The museum is great, with details on the Molassis Reef Shipreck etc and talk to the manager, Brian, who knows so much (you catch at the Osprey bar too)....

GRAND TURK was great, the one thing we recommend is the tourist board push for a BOTTLE DEPOSIT SYSTEM so everyone will pick up their numerous pop and beer cans ...easy solution for minimal costs for the one blight we found when exporing by bike.

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