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Dive Review of Ocean Haven in
Turks and Caicos/South Caicos

Ocean Haven, Jul, 2002,

by Stanley Cohen, H9B 2J7, Canada . Report 148.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bahama, Canadian lakes, Mexico, Cuba
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 80 to 85 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 6
Water Visibility 80 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions If you show that you know what you are doing you have to only stay above 130 ft. But Bob and Diane are reasonable and when they get to know you you can dive as the your plan requires.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments No precossing, no specific camera table. You could arrange your own water bucket but nothing specific on the boat. Cameras were handeled with care.

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 4 stars Shore Diving 2 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments This is my second time at the Ocean Haven. The Island has not changed what with the free ranging wild running animal complements of last trip with the addition of a bull! Ocean Haven is still a basic, clean utility with air conditioning and pool. Snorkling off the dock is interesting. The end room with the prevailing easterly breeze caressing me as I lay in bed felt so good that nothing would have got me up except the excellent diving. Food was plentifull, healthy, with new recipies Diane likes to try out on you. Chicken, fish, salad, fruit bowl, all O.K. Four sharks the first dive, look down, sting ray in the sand, look up - a flotilla of six spotted eagle rays, oh, here comes JoJo the dolphin, a little worse for wear but still fun to free dive with and that's only the first dive. Second dive - turtle munching, framed by two queen angels with a grey angel in the background next to two parrots. I couldn't have ARRANGED the scene any better. Real blue gorgonians, anchors, ropes to nowhere over the wall, lobster, all there. Exploring shark bay wall was a treat with the unexpected popping up around every corner of the wall with a river of sparkling white sand flowing over the wall as a backdrop. Needless to say the diving is still the best I have encountered. Two dives included with the package with as many as you want as add ons- exra. No Nitrox. Bob and Diane are wonderful and will go out of their way to make your stay most enjoyable. There were only three of us diving but some fishermen were also staying at the Ocean Haven. At other times of the year it could get crowded, close and noisy but I only had the breeze and ocean sounds to lull me to sleep. South Caicos itself is a haven from the rest of the world with no malls, shopping, discos etc. A walk back in time - way back laid back. Enjoy a cold Heiniken at the two stool at Trench Town Bar a block away. Sometimes the students (or profs) from the university outpost may dance on the tables when the going gets too boring or it is their last day of classes. I hiked to the house atop the hill, 3 hours there and back. I enjoyed the changeing flora and fauna. Very hot, like a biblical patriarch walking in the desert under the broiling sun! My spot on the beach in front of the two cement buildings saw no one else but me for the time that I was there. The low tide walk through shark bay was interesting but beware the unevenness of the sand bottom. All in all an adventurous time with superb diving. More expensive than last year but worth it. You lose a day coming and going. Beware of baggage delay on Sky King to and from Provo.
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