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Dive Review of Oasis Divers/Osprey Beach Hotel in
Turks and Caicos

Oasis Divers/Osprey Beach Hotel, Feb, 2004,

by Gerry Keavany, NH, USA . Report 949.

No photos available at this time

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Grand Turk is a wonderful dive destination that has wonderful beaches and enough local interest for the non-diver as well. Oasis Divers runs a great operation, in spite of the owner, Dale. She is perhaps the moodiest (that is being polite)owner of any dive operation I have run across in my years of diving. She had an attitude the whole week and the divers on our boat were quite taken aback by the way she "interacted" with her customers. So, we just stayed away from her and didn't let her spoil the otherwise wonderful hospitality of the employees. Our DM, Paul, was absolutely superb. He was born and raised on Grand Turk and has an incredible knowledge of both the island and all the dive sites. His briefings were interesting and full of useful information and he took time to make sure everyone on the boat was prepared and comfortable with the site before they left the boat. He really made you feel that he was there to make your dive vacation as enjoyable as it could possibly be. Also worth mentioning is Shirley, who runs the retail part of the operation. She is a delightful lady who always has a smile and nice things to say. She also gives great advice on where to dine on the island.
The first two days there was a reverse wind that forced us to stay on the south side of the island, which is mediocre diving at best. When the wind turned back to it's normal direction, we were able to dive the west side of the isalnd and that was simply spectacular! If you're a "wall freak", there are few places better than Grand Turk. The coral life on the wall is eye-popping and the wall itself is awe-inspiring!
My most memorable dive was "Amphitheatre", where you head down a sand chute and come off the wall at about 80 feet, hold your breath and just listen to the humpback whales sing! It was a non-stop symphony and something I will never forget.
I was fortunate enough to also see a black-tip reef shark while diving on "Coral Garden" on one dive and then at the same site, had a pod of 12 dolphins swim within 30 feet! I think my eyes popped out of my mask!
The Osprey Beach Hotel is on the water and is a very well run establishment that features simple rooms that are kept spotless by a friendly staff. The food at the hotel is tasty but overpriced. The one exception is their Conch Chowder; it is worth every penny they charge! Absolutely fabulous. For more affordable meals with larger portions, try Waters Edge, which is right across from Oasis Divers. Get there early and the service is acceptable. Once it gets crowded, expect to wait quite awhile before your food arrives. The Courtyard Cafe, which is across from the Osprey is open for breakfast and lunch. Service is fast and friendly, you can charge the meals to your room and their food is delicious, especially their desserts.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Turks and Caicos, Bahamas
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy, dry Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 75-77°F / 24-25°C Wetsuit Thickness 2
Water Visibility 80-100 Ft/ 24-30 M

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Return to the boat alive
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles None Whales None
Corals 5 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 [None]
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