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

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by John Walker, CA, US
Report Number 1342
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Honduras, Belize, Ft. Lauderdale, Key Largo FL, Monterey- Pt.
Lobos, San Diego CA, 
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
83   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 150    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
15ft safety stop, Min 500 lbs when exiting water, no decompression, 110ft
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Boats had designated camera tables and dunk tanks, 45 min from town and 1
hour photo (for film), Power in rooms and internet access in loby for
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
2 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
Cayman Dive Lodge - The Week Before Ivan. 

It is not certain  when CDL will reopen. (daily trip report page) will keep you posted.

This publication was right-on about how great CDL was.CDL is perfect for
the single traveler/diver and the week before Ivan right up to evacuation
was wonderful. 

Describing the clean air conditioned rooms is moot as CDL received
extensive damage from Ivan's wind, storm surge and looters (per messages on
CDLs now shut down chat room). The boats were not damaged. The owners
offered credits to encourage guests to evacuate to safety. They were calm
and accommodating. Guests were trying to get flights out one day after
arriving and some were on hold for more than 2 hours to some air lines. My
flight was cancelled less than 24 hours before departure which was one day
before airport closure. It required some scrambling and 7 hours at the
airport and I almost had to stay. As it was I just made the 12 hour no fly
time.  I would have regretted not having a satellite phone with extra
batteries, some food bars, a water filter, a good map of the island and a
plan to contact relatives if i had to stay. I did have a back pack for my
more valuable dive equipment.  Anything left in the rooms would have been
What will probably not change when CDL reopens is service, which was
excellent both in and out of the water combined with great diving.  The CDL
"program" successfully accommodates the distance from town. It is
family style meals (one big sit down) all varied and excellent, 3 dives a
day by a competent, friendly, fun loving staff with your equipment taken
care of for you, and a bar for post meal gathering. 

If you want to go shopping and eat in different restaraunts or do the club
scene it is not the place for you. I would not advise renting a car - to
far from town, left hand drive, round-abouts, shops close at 6 dinner
starts at 6:30, long drive, A.M/P.M. traffic jams. 

CDL posts daily dive reports with pictures on its web site which is great
to check the conditions prior to your trip and fun for those at home who
can follow your diving. I look forward to returning.
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