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ken & adair

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Grand Turk and Salt Cay?
« on: January 22, 2009, 14:53:04 UTC »
Hi again
We just posted the question about Xcalak.  Two other destinations we are considering are Grand Turk and Salt Cay -- any comments or experiences to share?  We like laid-back, out-of-the-way locations.
Thanks!
Ken & Adair
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Re: Grand Turk and Salt Cay?
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2009, 11:39:55 UTC »
Hi K & A,

Both GT and SC are very laid back, the latter even moreso.

Of course both were very hard hit by Hurricane Ike last September and haven't yet fully recovered.  You may wish to contact Blue Water (http://www.grandturkscuba.com/), Oasis (http://www.oasisdivers.com/) and Sea Eye Diving (http://seaeyediving.com/rates.php) for the latest on conditions both topside and u/w.

Regards,

DocVikingo   

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Re: Grand Turk and Salt Cay?
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2009, 21:49:23 UTC »
Ditto what DocV said.. I haven't been there since the hurricane, but don't think cruise ship syndrome has affected this little island very much.  They finished the cruise pier around 2006.    Try to find a divemaster called Smitty, who used to work for Cecil Ingham (Sea-Eye diving), but started his own op before the hurricane hit.   He is famous in many circles, and if anyone knows if he still has his own dive op, I would like to know.   Smitty, the "Duke of Diving" will increase anybody's bottom time, given a week to dive with him.   Airhead 52.
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Re: Grand Turk and Salt Cay?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2009, 02:17:46 UTC »
I agree about Smitty. He was one of the best I have ever had the pleasure to dive with. He knows what his doing, takes his time, watches all of the divers and is careful with the environment. You know exactly what the profile is before you hit the water. If you get a chance for a night dive with him, do it, it was one of our best.

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Re: Grand Turk and Salt Cay?
« Reply #4 on: February 13, 2009, 10:30:44 UTC »
...if anyone knows if he still has his own dive op, I would like to know.

Hi Airhead52,

Here he is:

Grand Turk Diving Co, Ltd.
http://www.gtdiving.com/our-Staff.htm

Regards,

DocVikingo

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Re: Grand Turk and Salt Cay?
« Reply #5 on: February 13, 2009, 12:10:49 UTC »
Sincere Thanks Dreazor and DocV!! I will contact him this week-end, and send along some photos  from our stay a few years back.  Definitely a return trip for us as well.  Thanks again,  Airhead 52.
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Re: Grand Turk and Salt Cay?
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2009, 13:50:42 UTC »
See my post about Smitty, Manta House and Grand Turk in the subject area: 

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