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Dive Review of Oasis Divers/Island House in
Turks and Caicos/Grand Turk

Oasis Divers/Island House, May, 2005,

by Charlotte Ware, TN, USA . Report 1719.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Oasis Divers and Island House, Grand Turk

We chose Oasis Divers based on Undercurrent reader reports, and we couldn't be more pleased. Oasis Divers is a professionally run dive operation where our enjoyment seemed to be their first priority. They rinsed our gear nightly and had it set up on the boat for the next dive in the morning. At the conclusion of each dive, we just had to hand up our fins and weights and Mackey, our DM would take the BC up into the boat for us. He was very knowledgeable and wanted us to have a good time. All sites were only minutes from shore and gorgeous. Amazing walls every dive, and once Mackey got to know us we dived our own profile. The only restriction was to come up with 500 psi. We never had a dive that was less than an hour long. We saw turtles on most dives, numerous HUGE lobsters, several eels and even a few juvenile spotted drum.

We took a day trip to Salt Cay and ate at a little bar called Island Thyme which was a delight. Porter the proprietor was fun and very entertaining.

The Island House was perfect. Collin, the owner, immediately greeted us and took us for a tour of Grand Turk, pointing out places to eat and shop during the week and then giving us a truck to use for the duration of our visit. I cannot stress enough what a plus having a vehicle is. We were able to explore the rest of this quaint, charming island on our own time.
The one bedroom suite we stayed in had a kitchen (two burner stove, microwave, and refrigerator), a deck and a porch with a hammock. Several readers have commented that the food is expensive; it is per U.S. standards but considering the cost to import food it is to be expected.

Waters Edge had excellent conch (cracked and salad) and Mookie Pookie had delicious pizza. The Osprey Hotel had good food and really nice ambiance; dining alfresco by the pool and the ocean at the same time. By far the best food was at the newly renovated Pillory Beach Hotel, now called "The Bohio". The chef delights in creating marvelous dishes and is available for feedback (and praise!) often in the dining room. The desserts especially are to die for.

A cruise ship dock is currently under construction, with expected arrivals in 2006.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving San Salvador, Bahamas; FL Keys; Hawaii; Pacific NW
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 78-80°F / 26-27°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-200 Ft/ 23-61 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 500 psi at completion of dive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 2 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]
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