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Dive Review of Grand Turk Diving Co. Ltd in
Turks and Caicos/Grand Turk

Grand Turk Diving Co. Ltd, Jun, 2010,

by Ron & Dawn Steedman, FL, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 33 reports). Report 5610.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Florida Keys, Palm Beach, Barbados, Roatan, St. Thomas Hawaii,
Bonaire, Grand Cayman-East End, Cozumel, Belize
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 90 to Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Recreational limits
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 3 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish N/A
Large Pelagics N/A

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

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

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

Accommodations N/A Food N/A
Service and Attitude N/A Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments We last dove here about 10 years ago. We arrived on a cruise ship, but made our arrangements independently before we left home. Some of the same operators are there from 10 years ago.We arrived at an artificial Carnival "Grand Turk"- a beach and small shopping/ restaurant area manufactured by Carnival- nothing like the real Grand Turk. A short taxi drive took us to the dive shop in the laid back area we remembered. We rented BCs- which were in good shape, and off we went with 4 other people in an approx. 30' boat with a canopy for shade. There was a large cooler for dry storage. For our first dive we requested McDonalds, and we soared through the arches into the blue abyss, over a wall, dropping more than 7,000 ft. The dive site was full of lush gorgonians, seafans, sponges,corals, and black durgons. 2 very large lionfish were found and dispatched by Smitty, our very capable dive master. Smitty entertained us by coaxing out some garden eels, and he pointed out other interesting things. The dive was to about 70 ft, for 65 minutes. We went back to the beach and the dive shop for our interval, and we took a short walk down the road. Our second dive was Approach Landing-63' for 52 min.- another pretty dive with walls. Here, Smitty dispatched 4 large lionfish (much larger than we have seen in Fla. or Bonaire).It was sad to see so many lionfish on only 2 dives. Smitty freezes the lionfish, and then they are taken to a university for study. Although both dives were very nice, there was a sparseness of fish that we didn't remember from the past. No aggregations. After the dives, Smitty dropped us off in an area where we could walk back to the pier.
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