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Dive Review of Oasis Divers/Bohio Resort in
Turks and Caicos/Grand Turk

Oasis Divers/Bohio Resort, Mar, 2014,

by Mark Zahorik, IL, US (Contributor Contributor 15 reports with 4 Helpful votes). Report 7533.

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

Accommodations 3 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity 4 stars
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 3 stars
Comments Stayed at the Bohio Resort w/a group of 14 divers from Chicago for a week long trip. Bohio has 16 very plain/modest rooms w/balconies overlooking the beach/ocean. Though the rooms were spartan, the restaurant & outdoor bar & seating area were a big step up--quite nice actually. The food is so good (South African Chef "Eureka"), that folks from the whole island readily agree that Bohio serves the best food on Grand Turk. Bohio has a dive shop on site, but w/our group of 14, they farmed out the dive portion of the trip to "Oasis Divers". Evidently, some issue with Nitrox fills occurred before we got there. I'm told Nitox is usually available, though it was not during the week we were there. Oasis put our group on a 30' pontoon boat that was roomy enough & because the seas were calm all week, there were no issues w/a pontoon boat on the open sea. The boat would pull up to the beach ~8:45 for a 9:00 departure and return to shore between dives for the surface interval--all the dives sites are moored near the wall which is just ~1 mile offshore. The longest boat trip was 15 minutes. We had perfect conditions all week: low 80's w/sunny skies & flat seas. We had a bit of a northern swell on 2 days, but even that didn't produce waves larges than 2'. On virtually every dive, the sound of whales could be heard underwater. We saw 3 humpbacks on the surface within 200 yards of the boat, but never saw any underwater. On one dive we saw a pod of ~8 dolphin (including baby)swim past us just off the edge of the wall ~80'. We also saw one reef shark off the wall. Nurse sharks were spotted on ~half the dives--saw 4 alone on one dive. Also saw turtles on many of the dives. Overall the coral appeared healthy and the marine life was better than most sites in the Caribbean. Plenty of mid-sized Nassua Grouper and mid sized snapper were seen on almost all dives. Did one night dive that was a bit disappointing. The usual crab/lobster/octopus sitings were sparse--I would skip it in hindsight. The area that we dove is in a very loosely regulated marine preserve. The rub here is that fishing boats are allowed to fish just outside "the wall". Since the wall is just a mile offshore, it only allows a narrow strip of marine preserve--and even that does not appear to be enforced with any rigor. The divemasters (Craig & Steve) were very helpful and were never in any hurry to hustle the group along. Most of the dives were ~hour long (one 75 minutes). Encouragingly, I only spotted ~6 lionfish on the 16 dives I did. It's likely more a function of active culling than an absence of this invasive species. I shot two near the end of a dive and chef Eureka cooked them up as tasty appetizers for lunch. Solid Caribbean diving coupled with good service--I would go back for sure.
Websites Oasis Divers   Bohio Resort

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Lake Michigan, Puerto Rico, Cozumel, Grand Cayman
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 77-79°F / 25-26°C Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 75-120 Ft/ 23-37 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dove own profile w/buddy
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

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

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 Did not dive w/camera
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By Sheri Thomsonin AB, CA at Mar 21, 2014 23:51 EST  
Thanks Mark. Really good to hear. I'm off to Bohio April 3rd with my daughter who is doing PADI open water cert there. I had thought about a night dive for myself,but may pass after hearing your comments. Hope we hear the whales and see a few dolphins too! Saw pods and pods off Isla Grande in Brazil a few years ago and swam with some at Anthony's Keys in Roatan. It's great getting other diver's feedback, much appreciated!
By report author: Mark Zahorik in IL, US at Mar 24, 2014 10:02 EST  
One more thing: We did a nice afternoon boat excursion to Grace Key where we were allowed to free-dive for conch in ~14' water. Our guide collected our ~dozen conch & took us to a nice beach where he demonstrated how to make a delicious conch ceviche. We then hand-fed all of the scraps to a group of sting-rays that forage at the beach. It's a nice afternoon excursion ~2:00-5:00 Have Fun!
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