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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]

DiveTech (Turtle Farm), Eden Rock, Sunset House/Morritts Grand Resort (East End), Aug, 2004,

by James Heimer, TX, USA (Contributor Contributor 15 reports). Report 1233.

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

Weather sunny, windy, rainy, cloudy Seas calm, choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 85 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 30 to 70 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions None - unsupervised shore diving
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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 N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's 3 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 4 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments 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 guides.

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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