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Dive Review of Blue Water Divers in
Turks and Caicos

Blue Water Divers, Jun, 2004,

by anthony v. dresden, VA, 22206 . Report 1242.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 3 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments [None]This past year marked my 13th visit to Grand Turk and its wonderful, healthy walls and reefs continue to please and amaze. Although the mantas are not as plentiful as they used to be, I was pleasantly surprised see that turtles are making a big comeback and saw one on almost every dive. Go figure. Some other divers even saw a tiger shark. I saw a very large Midnight Blue Parrotfish; the first I had come across in a couple of years. There are tons of tropicals and great coral. If you donít have a big smile on your face after a Grand Turk dive, you need some serious medication. Itís indeed a magical place with effortless diving and sites never more than 10-15 minutes from your lodgings

For over a decade, I have gone with Blue Water Divers Ė the islandís only PADI five-star facility, owned and operated by Mitch Rolling. Mitch came as a teenager to Grand Turk and is mentioned prominently in Stephen Harriganís wonderful book, Water and Light. By the time the Chapbook is published, Mitch will have logged over 8,000 dives on Grand Turk and this unparalleled experience counts in a big way.

Now, you might think that after so many dives that Mitch would be bored but he and his great Turks Island divemaster, Conchy display enormous enthusiasm and do a fabulous job day in and day out. And itís personalized service. You are not just a diver; you are a client and they want to make your dive experience memorable so you will come back Ė and there are a lot of repeat clients.

Think the total opposite of cattle boats. Blue Water Diversí boats are never overcrowded. Divers are polled as to what sites that have been on to avoid repeats. Mitch and Conchy will scour the reefs to find whatever weird blenny you need a photo of. They will help the novice diver while letting those with experience do their own thing. Itís simply a class act. Not to sound old and clichéd, but itís the way diving used to be.

As to accommodations, I followed Jenny Smith from the Salt Raker to the beachfront Osprey Beach which she now owns. Talk about turning a sowís ear into a silk purse. This was once the infamous Kittina, which was subsequently placed under the witness protection program and renamed the Sitting Pretty. And Jenny pretty much gutted the place when she bought it and now, itís a wonderful small hotel with lovely rooms and the same great staff she put together at the Salt Raker. Everyone is extremely friendly and they will go out of their way to help you in anyway they can. Again, a class act.

The food is very good with a changing menu and plenty of fresh fish and lobster (in season) and thereís a great barbecue every Sunday and Wednesday night. Donít miss Annamaeís key lime pie. Mitch and his local band, High Tide play on these nights after dinner. Itís a rock and scrape band combining rock and the rake Ďn scrape Bahamian style (think rip saws, screwdrivers as instruments). Theyíre great.

One last note in the ďpaved paradise, put up a parking lot ďcategory. There is a serious effort to bring cruise ships to Grand Turk Ė as soon as the Fall 2005. Any thoughts as what can be done to preserve this wonderful spot?

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving [Unspecified]Tobago, Dominica, Grenadines, St.Lucia, Bonaire, Bahamas, Little Cayman, Fiji, others
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 0-0°F / -18--18°C Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75-150 Ft/ 23-46 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities 1 stars
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]
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