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

Dive Tech/Cobalt Coast, May, 2007,

by JoAn Ferguson, VA, USA (Reviewer Reviewer 5 reports with 1 Helpful vote). Report 3349.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving various Carribean islands, Florida Keys, Hawaii
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather rainy Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 0 to 0 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile no
Enforced diving restrictions 130 feet max depth, 60 minutes from surface to surface, 5 minute (not 3 minute) safety stop at 15 feet, dive with a buddy, everyone must dive with a computer, and never have less than 5 minutes of No Deco time on your computer
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments Camera only tanks on the boats and at the shore diving locations. Soft table on the boat for cameras to set on. Divemasters carefully handed down cameras to divers.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 4 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments
About five years ago we were certified by Dive Tech in Grand Caymans. We decided to return for a short trip and see if the diving was as good as we remembered. It was nothing can beat the North Wall!

The Dive Op
We decided to return to Dive Tech, not only because they certified us, but because we liked the idea of a combination of morning boat dives and unlimited shore diving available from their two locations. We dove on their larger boat, the Atatude, which could hold up to 22 divers, but was never full usually about 13 divers. Lots of room on the boat.

Each day there was a mix of staff as captain, divemaster, and shop help. All seemed friendly and knowledgeable. Typically morning routine for those staying at Cobalt Coast was meet up at 7:45am, put gear in a truck, get in assigned van, drive to boat dock, carry gear to boat, and start gearing up. This isnt valet diving. You carry your gear and set up your own tanks. Dive sites were often just a few minutes away.

They are clearly set up for technical divers, rebreathers, and free divers. But most of the people there during our stay were recreational divers, although most used Nitrox. One family that didnt use Nitrox decided to get the training, so that they could enjoy the long bottom times like everyone else. We watched some folks training for free diving very cool to watch below (as I enjoyed my deep breaths!). Also a few people with rebreathers.

The Hotel
We stayed at the Cobalt Coast dive resort right next to Dive Tech. Good package deal combining room, breakfast, two tank morning boat dives, and unlimited shore dives. We were only there for four nights, so opted for one of the smaller hotel-style rooms. I was pleasantly surprised. Plenty of space in the room, lots of storage, refrigerator, and roomy bathroom. We were also only a few steps away from Dive Tech in one direction, and food/bar in the other direction.

Unlimited Internet access is available at no additional charge. Its wireless and is available around the bar and pool. Our room was very close, so if we put the computer near the window, we could access the Internet from our room. I used Skype to call home every day, so this was convenient.

The Restaurants
We ate at Cobalt Coast for many of our meals, although we didnt get the meal plan. Breakfast was very good and convenient before diving. Lunch was also good but expensive. It was $8.50 CI for most sandwiches about $10.63 in US dollars. Yikes. But it was convenient! If you are going to eat there, the meal plan for $55 per day would be worth it.

We went to Pappagallos for dinner one night. Its only a short drive from Cobalt Coast. Very pleasant setting and good food. Also expensive.

Just plan on spending lots of money for food

The Dives
We did 11 dives in our 3+ days of diving. They encourage you to do your first shore dive on the day of arrival. That was fun! Diving was pretty deep max depths between 60 and 100 feet. Typical dive times of 45 minutes to an hour. Saw lots of turtles both Hawksbill and Green Sea Turtles between 18 and 24 inches in diameter. Other cool sightings Spotted Eagle Ray, Juvenile Spotted Drum, Southern Stingrays, and breeding behaviors during afternoon shore diving. Dives at the North Wall, where you gaze into the abyss are not to be missed.

Final Thoughts
We werent sure that it was worth going to Grand Cayman for such a short trip just four nights. Staying at Cobalt Coast and diving with Dive Tech allowed us to get into a relaxing and fun routine very quickly. I was very glad that we went!
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