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

September, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by David Vickery & Suzanne Leeson, NJ, USA
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Report Number 1378
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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

sunny, windy  
calm, choppy  
Water Temp
84   to 86    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Do not exceed computer limits.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  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
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
5 stars    
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

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

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
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