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Dive Review of Cayman Dive Lodge in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

January, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Karen Moore, MI, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 1062
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Florida, Bonaire, Cayman Brac
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 110    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
110 feet with computer
500 psi left in tank at end of dive  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
5 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Camera table and rinse tank for cameras on board.  Cameras handed to
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Great operation/Great staff/Great diving.  I had badly broken my ankle one
month before our dive trip (requiring a plate and 3 screws).  My cast came
off 2 days before we arrived on Cayman.  I had e-mailed Jim that I would
need extra assistance, and then never worried about it.  We had been to CDL
2 times before, and the staff and service were unbeatable.  Again the staff
was fantastic.  I never touched my equipment.  Divemasters helped me into
my gear at the back of the boat, and I just leaned into the water.  After
the dive, I took my gear off in the water, with staff assistance getting it
on board.  This trip occurred just before the Undercurrent article about
extra special treatment for divers being offered in some places.  I was
treated like a queen!
The divemasters were always concerned about what the divers wanted to see,
divers' needs, and where the best conditions existed.  The coral was
healthy.  The East End has great swim-throughs, caverns, and canyons.  We
saw silversides and jacks in the caverns, many tarpon and large morays,
parrotfish, filefish, angels, puffers, lobster, crabs, barracudas, several
flamingo tongues, a shy hamlet or two, a permut-an Atlantic fish, and a
soldier fish with an isopod on it.  I am sure there were plenty of other
fish that I am forgetting.
The rooms are comfortable and adequate.  No TV or phones in the rooms (we
consider that a plus).  There is a wonderful open air dining room with
great food prepared by Tim and Roy.  Buffet breakfast followed by hot lunch
buffet that is ready as soon as the boat comes in from the 2-am dives (1
wall dive, and 1-60 foot dive).  There is an afternoon snack followed by a
sit-down dinner.  The staff eats with the guests, and comraderie abounds. 
Dawn is the friendliest bartender around.  If guests have booked a 3-dive
package in advance, the pm boat goes out even with only 1 diver on board. 
Night dives and trips to Sting Ray City are available.
We love the quiet of the East End and we love CDL.  Big thanks to: Jim,
Kim, Julian, Eileen, Mark, Sas, Rico, Rich, Dawn, Tim and Roy for helping
us have another grand time in Grand Cayman. 
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