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

August, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by Amy & David Seibert, MN, USA
Report Number 2930
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Turneffe Atoll, Belize; Cozumel; Roatan, Honduras; East End, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
82   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No explicit restrictions set- All experienced divers; everyone dove within
safe limits  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
My husband and I purchased a dive package at Osprey for a week starting
August 26, 2006, and we cant wait to go back. We had an amazing and
relaxing dive vacation. I can point to several things that made the
vacation great.
First, the time of year was perfect for us. The island was almost devoid of
vacationers. This led to a few restaurants and bars being closed, but it
made our time there very private and relaxing. This also meant we spent
half of our dives alone with the dive master or having one other couple
along. We were able to dive at a leisurely pace, allowing for time to
observe interesting critters, turtles, or fish. Bottom time was usually an
hour, or more.
Second, the diving location was great. We saw some less common fish like
two bat fish, frog fish, quillfin blenny, pipehorse, jackknife, spotted
drum, eagle ray, huge friendly grouper (Alexander) that loved to be pet,
and a black tipped reef shark. In addition the soft coral was plentiful and
colorful, a dramatic difference compared to Cozumel in June 2006. We saw a
very alive reef with large schools of fish, several nurse sharks, snapper,
various sea slugs, flounder, conch, flamingo tongues, fields of garden
eels, turtles, anemones, moray and spotted eels, shrimp holding cleaning
sessions, barracuda, butterfly, jawfish, parrotfish, sting rays, trigger,
angel, puffer, trumpet, juvenile & adult trunk fish, squid, jacks,
Third, Smitty, the dive master from Sea Eye Diving was a great dive master.
He was relaxed, fairly laid back, and spent just the right amount of time
pointing out all the unique critters. The best dive spots were Tunnels,
English Point, McDonalds, and Coral Gardens.  Although the boat wasnt in
good condition, it served its purpose. Since we spent surface intervals
back in our room or on the beach at Osprey the boat only had to transport
us to our dive spot 5-15 minutes out. We did have to tote our gear back to
our room everyday, but we enjoyed the diving so much that it didnt really
bother us. Also, unlike other locations we have visited, diving didnt
start until 9:30am so you can sleep in if you like.
Fourth, we loved the beach. The one thing we knew to expect from a trip to
the Turks & Caicos Islands was the outstanding water and beaches, and
Grand Turk fulfilled that promise.  The T&C islands have some of the
most beautiful sandy beaches in the Caribbean.  The water is so inviting,
we found ourselves in the water frequently even when we were not diving. 
Several afternoons we snorkeled in front of the hotel. There is a small
reef about a 15 minute leisurely kick out, in addition to an old salt boat
wreck. We saw a few small nurse sharks, 5 ft long barracuda, and a unique
sharptail eel, along with the usual reef fish.  When not snorkeling, we
passed the time with the addictive fun found in searching for sea glass. 
There is an abundance of well turned glass to keep you busy all week. We
also spent an afternoon at Gibbs Cay which was nice. Smitty cooked up ribs
and chicken, which we washed down with rum punch. We swam around with the
rays that some of the cruise ship passengers came over to feed. I would
recommend going to Gibbs Cay on a day no cruise ships are docked.  
Of course there were a few things we wish we would have known before
leaving home. Although we purchased a dive package with Osprey they failed
to set up our dives with Blue Water, who we originally intended to dive
with. It is standard that they do this for you, but we seemed to have been
overlooked. They told us upon arrival we would need to set the diving up
ourselves. We attempted contacting the three dive shops on Saturday evening
without luck, so we woke up Sunday feeling a little disappointed in the
prospects of diving that day. Luckily we ran into a dive master in
training, Isabelle, walking on the street with a wetsuit on. She introduced
us to Smitty, from Sea Eye diving, and 20 minutes later we meet them on the
beach to start off diving. Running into them was a real trip saver! We
found we needed to watch the tanks PSIs , since the tank fillers tend to
go pretty light. Smitty always was helpful in making sure we had a close to
full pressure to ensure a long bottom time.
Food is expensive on the Island so plan on spending a lot of money dining
out. Our room had a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, and coffee pot, so we
went to Cees grocery and the liquor store, and ended up eating breakfast
and lunch in our room most days. In addition we enjoyed sunsets on our
balcony (room 44) with a few drinks and some microwave popcorn. I would
recommend packing a few staples in your luggage like coffee, microwave
popcorn, peanut butter, etc  that is as long as you arent close to your
luggage weight limits. The Osprey had good food ($17-$27/meal), but we
found that Michaels Atrium across the road was just as good or better and
the prices were more reasonable. One night at Michael we had a huge plate
of chicken pasta and ribs for $10 each. This is also where you will find a
steady stream of belongers stopping in to pick up their carry-out orders,
which is always a good sign. 
Our room at the Osprey had a great view of the ocean and sunsets. There was
a large four poster bed and vaulted ceilings. One downfall was the tiny
ants in the bathroom that were with us the entire trip. 
This was one of our best dive trips, comparable to Grand Caymans East End,
and better than Cozumel, Turneffe Atol (Belize), and Roatan.
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