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Dive Review of Dive Tech/Cobalt Coast in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by John Critchfield, WA, USA (2 reports)
Report Number 2231
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Most recent trips were Tobago & Belize.
Puget Sound & San Juan Islands, near home.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

windy, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
77   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
30   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Maximum dive time 60 minutes.
Recreational depth limits, per your computer.
One diver went into deco, missed the stop and was not allowed to dive the
next day.
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
  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
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
We spent Christmas week 2005 on Grand Cayman at Cobalt Coast Resort, where
Dive Tech is on-site. Most guests were in family groups.  There was a wide
range of ability among the divers. 

Cobalt Coast is a modern, well-maintained resort.  Our two bedroom suite
was spacious, clean and in good condition.  Staff was attentive and
responsive.  Our chirping air conditioner fan was fixed promptly. 
Sometimes there was a lack of hot water.  So head right to the shower after
the dive trip, then rinse your gear.  
The food was quite satisfactory to our taste.  We were on the meal plan and
ate all meals at the resort.  The standard menu was supplemented with daily
specials and substitutions were accommodated. 

Dive Tech seemed like a good operation.  The shop was well-stocked and
organized. I got quick help with a minor repair and found a suitable new
mask for a diver in our group.  Managers adjusted schedules to accommodate
the various groups, when practicable.  Divemasters and other staff were
friendly, knowledgeable and attentive enough to suit us.  Boats were in
good condition and did not seem over-crowded.  There is no head, but there
is a fresh water shower and a hookah regulator hung at 15 feet if you need
if for a safety stop.

Reef conditions seemed variable and there was some debris, which we
attributed to Hurricane Ivan.  The walls are awesome.  We had very good
encounters with the usual tropical fish, plus moray eels, lobster, tarpon,
barracuda, turtles, groupers, a spotted eagle ray and a humongous jewfish. 
There were reports of shark sightings, but did not see any ourselves.
Stingray City was a hoot! 

The shore diving and snorkeling at Cobalt Coast was enjoyable.  The entry
is easy with a short swim to the reef, along a well marked route.  The reef
and fish were about as good as any we saw. It made a nice night dive.
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