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Dive Review of DiveTech (Turtle Farm), Eden Rock, Sunset House/Morritts Grand Resort (East End) in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman Shore Diving]

August, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by James Heimer, TX, USA
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Report Number 1233
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Hawaii, N & S California, E & W Coast of Mexico, Tahiti, Malaysia,
Indonesia, GOM, Belize, Honduras, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy  
calm, choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
85   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None - unsupervised shore diving  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
DiveTech had best facilities for cameras - dedicated rinse tank and
carpeted table for set up.  In general, photographers were pretty much on
their own to manage their gear for these shore dive situations.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
4 stars    
My wife and I have a time share on GCI, which we use each year.  We have
stopped doing boat dives due to the cost and the availability of excellent
shore diving sites.  Our favorite on this trip was the DiveTech operation
at the Turtle Farm in West Bay.  They also have a shop on Cobalt Coast a
little farther around the point, but weather prohibited us from diving
there.  We also dove Eden Rock, which is an excellent way to get back in
shape (45 - 50' max depth), and Sunset House, which is where Kathy Church
has her photo shop.  Both the Turtle Farm and Sunset have "mini
walls" and access to the main wall with a little effort on the swim
out and in.

We saw numerous turtles, moray eels, large tarpon, and the usual tropicals
in abundance on nearly every dive.

The weather was warm (OK, hot), sunny, and calm for most of the trip. 
Hurricane Charlie passed near GCI near the end of our vacation, so we lost
one day of diving.  Had we had addtional time, we were looking at Spanish
Bay (dive operation there), Armchair or cemetary reefs (no dive
operations), or other areas well described in GCI tourist and diving

I would rank shore diving in GCI on a par with Bonaire.  You don't have to
worry about rampant theft from your vehicle, there are a large number of
sites with easy access, and many sites have dive operations on shore, so
that you do not have to transport tanks all over the island.  The downside
is that the wall is farther offshore and there are no diveable wrecks from
shore; also you won't find the exotics - sea horses and frog fish.  And, it
is much easier to get to Grand Cayman than it is to get to Bonaire.  Both
islands are on the expensive side, but there is more variety of food
available on GCI.
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