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

DiveTech/Cobalt Coast, Jun, 2009,

by Ron Carlisle, TX, USA ( 2 reports). Report 5166.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving Bahamas, Grand Turk, Bonaire, Florida Keys, Gulf of Mexico, Cozumel, Roatan, Channel Islands
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, cloudy Seas calm, choppy
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions 130 foot depth limit, 1 hour bottom time limit
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 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 2 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 Large bucket for rinsing photo gear on boat and table to work on photo gear on boat. Rinse bucket at dive shop onshore for rinsing photo gear.

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 5 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 5 stars
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments First time to Cobalt Coast, although we have been beach diving at DiveTech's other locations for years. Ari, the General Manager greeted everyone as we got off the shuttle from the airport and helped get divebags off the shuttle. Very personable and customer service oriented, as is the rest of Ari's crew. The one bedroom suite was spacious and comfortable. The resort is smaller than I thought, but very nice and a relaxing atmosphere. We got the full meal plan. Breakfast is buffet style, several types of cooked eggs, pancakes, french toast (my favorite), bacon, sausage etc. Bagels were also an option. Lunch is from a menu, as is dinner. Every meal was good and they were a big help in dealing with my wife's MSG allergy. No complaints.
DiveTech was not a surprise for us. We have dove through their other location for beach diving for many years and new Nancy Easterbrook ran a good operation. The three of us were on the larger boat along with 9-12 other divers, depending on the day. We did not feel crowded. We dove the north wall on dive one every day and a shallow reef on the way back to Cobalt Coast for dive 2. Briefings were detailed and helpful with drawings on the dry-erase board. Beautiful wall diving. Loved the freedom of more bottom time on both dives. Our personal dives were normally 45-50 minutes on dive one and one hour on dive two. Some dive guides would show divers critters, some would not as much.
We enjoyed the beach diving in front of Cobalt Coast. Easy in and out. There was alot of critters and sometimes turtles and larger fish on the sand flats on the way to and from the mini-wall.
Would we stay at Cobalt Coast again? Absolutely and plan to in 2010.
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