We first visited Bohio in October 2016 just after Hurricane Matthew came past, thanks to which we couldn't do very much diving. So we decided to give TCi another try and had a fantastic time - we weren't disappointed by Bohio or the diving.
Bohio is a small (16 rooms) family-run dive resort and it was great to be welcomed "back home" by Ginny on our arrival from an overnight in Providenciales (the BA flight from London arrives too late for you to hop over the same day). Tom, Emily, Dan and Scott complete the family team.
We stayed for 10 days, and our package was simple - 7 days' diving, 9 nights bed, breakfast and lunch. Food in the restaurant was plentiful and good - a big buffet breakfast when Bohio is busy, smaller menu cooked to order when not - coffee on tap and lunch ordered during our surface interval from diving half way through the morning. Our friendly staff including MD and Corina, welcomed us back like old friends.
Our room (no 5, upstairs, corner King nearest the sea) was beautifully clean, with towels etc replenished with us never seeing the housekeeping team.
Diving is fantastic - the quickest transfer to the wall is about 2 minutes from the beach! Dive boats are fast and covered and there was plenty of room for 8 divers and a guide. Most of the time though, we were lucky to have Jesse our guide/DM and the boat to ourselves because there was a big group of divers diving together on another boat. No schlepping onto buses or long boat transfers. Jesse looked after us and our kit, taking us to a variety of lovely dive sites just yards from the beach at the resort. Diving is 'American plan' - two dives back to back with a surface interval. But the sites are so close that you come back to Bohio for coffee and to order lunch between dives. Sheer luxury!! The diving is a nice mix of sheer walls and other more mixed topography including the spectacular drop off. June is definitely baby fish month - the reef was absolutely covered with juveniles and large groups of fish of every sort. No big pelagics - the water is very warm at this time of year - although we did see spotted eagle rays, stingrays, and loads of turtles. Coral is in good shape, and the reefs very healthy with many varieties of soft and hard coral, sponges and anemones. Back at the dive centre, there is plenty of room to wash and hang your kit to dry between dives/days.
The resort does accept visitors from cruise ships - and there are a LOT of ships which come into Grand Turk - (this is one of the reasons you pre-order lunch) - but there is good range of space reserved for the resort guests - a lovely 'outdoor lounge' type area near the bar with soft seating (and with a nice cool breeze this is the perfect place to while away the afternoon with a book and a rum punch!), the pool, restaurant terrace and inside lounge, beach loungers/umbrellas and part of the open beach.
There are few other places to go for an evening on Grand Turk - there a handful of other restaurants and bars - so Bohio can get more lively during the evenings when there might be a BBQ dinner, or music provided by local bands. We also had movie night on the beach one night!
This is a great barefoot diving resort with a good restaurant, friendly staff and a beach. If you want great, easy diving among friends, or just R&R, reading a book on the beach, then come to Bohio. If you want bright lights and 200 restaurants and bars within walking distance, stay on Provo.
Thanks Ginny, Tom and team for a great trip. Can't wait to come back and see you in 2018.
- Also Known As:
- Bohio Dive Hotel Grand Turk
- Bohio Dive Grand Turk