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

Sea Eye/Osprey Beach HOtel, May, 2003,

by Irina Zeylikman, MA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports). Report 501.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Bonaire (multiple times), Curacao (multiple times), Cozumel (multiple times), Provo, Belize, Great Barrier Reef, Cayman Islands (all three of them)
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 50 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Commo sence
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 3 stars Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 2 stars Shore Facilities 1 stars
UW Photo Comments There was no setup for camera, not even a rinse bucket. I had to ask the dive master to get me one.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 1 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 2 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The diving on Grand Turk is very good, but there are much better places out there (Little Cayman, for example).
Dive Operation: We were unpleasantly surprised with Sea Eye as the dive operation. Our tanks were never full, the best we could hope for was 2500 psi. People at the dive shop were filling them under the blazing sun standing in about 5 inches of water. No wonder, when the tanks cooled down, they were only 3/4 full. The dive operation's building looked like it was going to fall down any minute, the dive shop itself was mostly closed the whole week. Some people on the boat had rented their gear, and it was obvious that the gear has seen better days. If it was not for Smitty (our dive master), the trip would've been a big disappoinment. Smitty tried his best to make our diving the most enjoyable experience, but he only could do so much. We never knew if our boat was going to start, or we would have to swim ashore (which we did once). Our BCs and regs were kept aboard all week, not rinsed even once. The dive shop does not have any facilities to store gear. The state of the dive operation looks like the owners have absolutely no interest in it.
Hotel: Osprey Beach Hotel is being renovated slowly, but surely. Unfortunately we stayed in the room that has not been renovated, yet. We had some problems with equipment in the room but everything was eventually fixed. The rooms are big and have a small kitchen.
Food and service: The quality of food on a island is really below average, and service is exteremely slow. We waited 2.5 hours for our lunch one day.
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