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Dive Review of DiveTech/Cobalt Coast in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman, West End

DiveTech/Cobalt Coast, Oct, 2003,

by Daniel O. Benson, OR, United States . Report 830.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Extensive travel to Carribean, Pacific
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas choppy, noCurrents
Water Temp 84 to 0 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 150 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130', NDL
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas Squadrons
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 2 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 5 stars
UW Photo Comments [None]

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments Cobalt Coast is a small, upscale resort on the "West End" of Grand Cayman. It is away from the crowds, etc. To get to town you can take the small buses, which costs $2.50 ow. (For an extra $1.00 more they will drop you at the resort.), or take a cab (about $20.00 from town).
The resort owner and manager, Arie, is truly wonderful. He provides personalized attention, and makes you feel very special. It's hard to say enough good about him and his impecable service. The wait staff can be a bit aloof, but this seems to be a Carribean trait.
DiveTech owner Nancy Easterbrook runs an excellent dive operation. Two nicely appointed boats leave from the marina for a two tank morning dive or a one tank afternoon dive. (transportation is provided) They dive the great North Wall. You can plan and execute your own dive profiles, and we were able to get 1+ hour dives almost every time (unlike other dive operations which can start getting on your case if you take longer than 1/2 hour on a dive!)
Divetech operates a dive shop at both Turtle Reef and Cobalt Coast. The house reef at Cobalt Coast is o.k., but the one at Turtle Reef is much better. Try to hitch a ride to Turtle Reef. At Turtle Reef dive out about 50 yards to a very nice wall. Hang a left to see a large number of Tarpon. Keep your eyes open for sailfin Blennies, Pike Blennies, and of course eagle rays, turtles, etc.
The "big wall" is a very long way off shore. It can be done as a shore dive, but once you get there it's time to turn around! The big wall at Turtle Reef is more of a steep incline. Big wall at Cobalt Coast is a nice wall, and for $5.00 they will take you out to the wall and drop you off in a Zodiac
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