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Dive Review of Dive Tech/Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

Dive Tech/Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Sep, 2004,

by David Vickery & Suzanne Leeson, NJ, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 11 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 1378.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 501-1000 dives
Where else diving Caribbean, Central America, California, New York, Palau, Yap, Australia, Fiji, Hawaii, PNG.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 84 to 86 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Do not exceed computer limits.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 4 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 4 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments These two, the DM gestured at my partner and I, will probably go to 130 feet. Dont follow them. The staff at Dive Tech will let experienced divers do their own thing. They just dont want newbies following you down.

Having just left the super service of Ocean Frontiers in the East End, checked in at the Westin on 7 Mile Beach and presented our log books at Dive Tech, we were kind of chagrined to learn that since we werent staying at Cobalt Coast, there would be no place to stow our gear. At the end of each dive day we had to hump it up to the room at the Westin, rinse it in the bathtub, and hang it over the balcony. It gave this five star hotel a certain homey feel. And we liked the Westin. Nice pool bar, great sunset beach, nice cigar bar, excellent restaurants (bring money), nice mini-bar, a world-class spa (do it, guys), decadently comfortable mattresses, and, um, the bars were nice, too.

Jeez, I hope its still standing.

Dive Tech is, and thats a very good thing. Their two boats were washed 1000 yards away from their mooring during hurricane Ivan and are now being repaired. Cobalt Coast survived with minor damage and will re-open at a date yet to be announced.

During our six days of diving there, we were allowed to leave the group, go off on our own on the first dive, and basically follow our computers. When we returned to the boat, we were not asked for maximum depth and time. Some folks have reported the staff to be less than friendly. Our take on it is that most are very friendly, some become friendly when they figure out that you know what youre doing, and some, like the Tattooed Lady, deal with the Open Water courses day in and day out, and have become, frankly, a little too cool for school. One or two of the staff need to remember that newbies become oldbies some day, and instructors or dive masters who relate to them as mentors help them form positive opinions of the sport for years.

Wed still dive with these guys anytime. The Atatude, a 45-foot twin-screw monohull is reasonably large even with 12 divers, and accommodates almost everyone on the bridge. The head is, well, a head, but theyve got one. The aluminum 80s a filled to 3000 psi, and the Nitrox fills (32% only), are fairly consistent in percentage of O2.

We saw a lot of life on this trip. Huge schools of horse-eye jacks and Bermuda Chubb, so many turtles we stopped counting, schools of tarpon, three Eagle Rays, nurse sharks, and, unbelievably, during a shore dive at Turtle Reef, an 8-foot hammerhead cruising the sand flats with his bar-jack buddy.

We took the West Bay Express, an afternoon scooter trip from Dive Techs shop at Cobalt Coast to their shop at Turtle Reef. Its a little clunky getting six divers and two staff all going at once, and the scooters performance depends upon the age of the battery, so we tended to spread out, but we loved it; at least a dozen turtles, some rays, lots of tropicals, and a chance to see a large chunk of the reef, some not visited by boats.

So were waiting for Dive Tech to open up again, because well be back next April.
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