Bohio Dive Resort
Situated away from the highly commercialized Providenciales Island, Bohio Dive Resort on Grand Turk is a resort that satisfies a guest’s desire for a Caribbean adventure with some secluded relaxation. Grand Turk island is only 7 miles long and a mile and a half wide, but is the capital of the Turks and Caicos Islands, part of the British West Indies in the Caribbean. Bohio Dive Resort is the only hotel in Grand Turk that offers all the services of a full beach resort, and the only dive operation on the island that is situated within a resort.
Bohio Dive Resort opened its doors in December 2004 and is managed by Canadian couple Tom and Ginny Allan, who have settled in the Turk and Caicos for more than a decade. The old island word "Bohio" means "home," and the resort fine tunes its Caribbean hospitality to live up to the name. Accommodation at Bohio Dive Resort includes 12 standard rooms and 4 king rooms, each of which feature excellent west-facing ocean views for you to enjoy the sunset from your room’s private balcony. Beachfront Standard & Beachfront Standard King Rooms cost $185 and $200 (respectively) during low season (May 1 to Dec 20) and $210 and $230 a night during high season (Dec 21 to Apr 30). The Beachfront King Superior Rooms cost $210 during low season and go up to $240 during high season. All rooms feature air-conditioning, mini fridge, private balcony, free WiFi, cable television and daily maid service. Only the King Superior rooms come with a well-equipped kitchenette and a premium king-size bed.
The décor at Bohio Dive Resort's beachfront rooms can be best described as simple and clean. The best part about the rooms is that they are only a few steps away from the beautiful mile-long beach. Guests can make use of the resort’s beach-lounge chairs or enjoy a drink sitting at Bohio’s beachfront bar -- Ike & Donkey Beach bar. If the ocean waves are too strong for you, Bohio Resort has a fresh water swimming pool for guests.
The resort’s exclusive restaurant is the Guanahani Restaurant & Bar which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily. Executive Chef Jorika Mhende has delighted guests and visitors with her culinary expertise since 2008, and guests can find the freshest catch of the day on the menu. From local grouper, red snapper, to specials such as lobster, wahoo and tuna, Guanahani offers a wide variety of seafood for a truly satisfying Caribbean meal. The chef’s home-made burgers also come highly recommended. The resort’s beach deck features live music, including the resort’s famous "Sax on Sunday," Saturday NIght music & BBQ, and Thursday's International ‘Foreign a Fare’ night.
For some relaxation and rejuvenation, Turks and Caicos' Oceanscapes spa chain provides Bohio's guests with a full range of spa services. From massages to facials, guests can call in for treatments and enjoy in the comfort of their own room while the sound of ocean waves outside lull you into deep relaxation. Bohio Resort does not have a gymnasium but offers guests free weekly yoga classes at the resort.
But Bohio Dive Resort’s unique selling point is being the only resort on Grand Turk island with an on-site PADI Dive Shop. Guests can get trained by experienced divers or avail of the many dive packages on offer with full gear rental available at the dive center. The resort’s own 24ft-long Carolina Skiff dive boat is comfortable and well laid out. Bohio Dive Resort guarantees a personalized service and small dive groups. Grand Turk diving sites are no more than 5-8 minutes by boat and the tours make surface intervals back at the resort itself.
Other activities on offer at the resort are excursions to nearby cays, sting ray spotting tours at Gibbs Cay, snorkelling off Bohio's beach, and island tours. From January through early April, the resort offers whale watching excursions. Sometimes guests can even see hundreds of humpback whales pass just 400 yards off shore through the mile-deep Grand Turk Passage. Bohio Dive Resort proudly claims to offer “a front row seat” to one of the most majestic migrations on earth.
For those who wish to explore the Grand Turk by themselves, Bohio offers car, scooter, golf cart, and bicycle rental services. Visitors wishing to explore the history of Grand Turk can walk a few minutes from the resort to get to Turks & Caicos Museum, and not too far from the museum is Cockburn Town’s Market Street. Neighboring the resort is Salt Cay where visitors can see the remains of the island’s salt trade.
Bohio Resort offers several All Inclusive Packages which include accommodation and diving tours beginning at $1,676 per person and without dive tours beginning at $1,200 per person. All prices include seven nights’ accommodation, air and ground transfers from the airport, breakfast and lunch at the resort and free use of kayaks & paddle boards. The prices are inclusive of all Turk and Caicos taxes.
With Turk and Caicos becoming a popular wedding destination, Bohio Dive Resort also offers tailored wedding packages to suit a couple’s budget and personal requirements. The resort’s own experienced events coordinator can arrange for a marriage license, a local minister, flowers and decorations, champagne receptions, canapes and the finest cuisine, entertainment and photography. Bohio Dive Resort does not have a dedicated meeting room or business center but the resort does have areas where small meetings can be held. The resort staff can set up printers, copiers, fax machines and courier services in such areas. Free wireless internet is also available across the resort.
Bohio Dive Resort is unique in that, amongst Turks and Caicos resorts, it provides great value beachfront accommodations with a unique blend of modern comfort, exclusive diving experiences, and proximity to a town centre. With dedicated dive staff, boats and equipment easily available within the resort itself a plethora of water-based activities, guests don’t need to wait or seek external services for their ocean fun. Guests get everything one could want from an idyllic island vacation availing the resort’s own amenities. For a touch of exclusive Caribbean hospitality, gourmet dining, extreme diving adventures and relaxing seclusion on the Grand Turk island, look no further than a stay at Bohio Dive Resort.
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