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

April, 2006, an Instant Reader Report by David Vickery & Suzanne Leeson, NJ, USA
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Report Number 2964
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Fiji, Yap, Palau, PNG, Australia, Maldives, Hawaii, Caribbean and Central
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Not below 130 feet, surface with 500 psi, no dives longer than 60 minutes  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
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
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
Rinse tank on boat, camera table on boat which is not supposed to be used
for anything other than cameras, though you will find other soft items on
it. We are unaware of camera assistance or developing available at the dive
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
We still think that Dive Tech is one of the best, if not the best
operations on the East End. In GC they are the best shop for technical
training. They do take their tech diving very seriously; if you sign up for
a course it is not a guaranteed C-card, and you may spend the bulk of your
vacation in class or on training dives. You will, however, learn what you
signed up for.

Once certified in an advanced course you are able to rent doubles and deco
tanks for use on the daily boat dives and you will likely be excused from
diving with the group. While this is diving freedom, it also means you are
responsible for your own dive, and your own safety. Advanced divers are
still asked not to exceed 60 minutes of bottom time on any given dive; to
do so is impolite to the other divers on the boat. If you feel compelled to
do some serious tech dives, you should check in with the shop where they
can advise you where to go, provide a DM, and possibly arrange a charter if
need be.

Non-tech divers should not be scared away. If you are a competent sport
diver you will be treated like an adult. The scooter rides are a gas, the
staff is helpful and enthusiastic. Parents should know that there are
courses for all levels of kids, even a Kid's Dive Camp Week. Your kids
could not learn at a better place.

Still lots of turtles to be seen, a few sharks, (we have seen hammerheads)
and the odd eagle ray or two on the wall. Tarpon Hole has a large school of
the big silver guys, and lots of tropicals on the shallower top reefs. The
walls and overhangs are dramatic, especially if it's just you and your

Direct flights make GC a short hop to get to from the east coast, far
better than traveling 8 - 10 hours to get to Bonaire.

The Westin is the best hotel on the island if you like a laid back pool
atmosphere in the afternoon with an ocean view, and reasonable comfort. The
Ritz Carlton is open now, but we found the hotel repressively stodgy, and
the pool is not near the ocean. Their restaurant Blue is arguably the best
on the island, but you will pay for it. Their best deal is the Champagne
Dive, a glass each of Dom Perignon, Krug, and Moet & Chandon Nectaire
for $51. Full sized pours, too. Chat up the waiters (many of the guests are
repressively stodgy as well) and you may get an extra dessert or glass of

We always enjoy Restaurant Pappagallo, and for two people who are
surrounded by Italian restaurants at home that's saying something. We
prefer the Calypso Grill for lunch, when it's quieter. Other than that,
explore the native roti shops or the shwarma stands
for cheap eats.
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