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

July, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Mark McAlpin, Texas, USA
Report Number 795
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, currents  
Water Temp
80   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 120    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 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):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
5 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
July 10-14, 2003
Cobalt Coast is a very nice dive resort that is fairly isolated on the
North shore. The food is very good and the meals-inclusive option is a good
choice if you don't have a car because there are no other restaurants or
shopping within walking distance and the taxis are expensive. Dive Tech is
a really good dive operation with a great staff that is clearly focused on
making sure everyone has a good time. The divemasters are safety conscious
but allow a reasonable amount of freedom on the dives. The first dive is
guided and divers are asked to limit their depth to 100 feet. On the
second, shallower dive you have the option of going with the divemaster or
doing your own thing.
The shore diving at both of Dive Tech's Cobalt Coast and Turtle Farm
locations is excellent, although it is a bit of a surface swim to get to
the main wall. The current can also be a bit strong at times, so caution is
needed to not use up all one's gas swimming out and back underwater to the
deep wall. There is good diving closer in if you dont want to go all the
way out to the drop off. As for boat dives, Tarpon Alley stood out as did
our trip to Stingray City, the latter largely due to a very friendly green
moray that the crew coaxed out of its hole. 
In addition to recreational boat dives, we dove the Carrie Lee wreck using
Trimix since Dive Tech is one of the few operations that will accommodate
technical divers. It is a great deep dive (165-230 fsw) but was a bit of a
challenge for us because of the current. The wreck could not have been
intentionally positioned any better as it rests upright with the bow
hanging over the drop off. Very cool. Mike Lucas, our divemaster, and Gary
Nightingale, our captain/safety diver, did an excellent job making sure the
dive was controlled and safety executed.
There was some confusion over logistics but I can imagine that it is a task
to keep track of all the divers and to coordinate things between the two
locations and the boats. I also had trouble finding an equipment technician
when I needed one but eventually my problem was solved satisfactorily.
Those couple of things were really only mildly annoying and overall the
experience was overwhelmingly positive. The dive trips themselves couldnt
have been any better. The remote location of the hotel is part of its
appeal and the transportation issue can be solved by renting a car.
 I highly recommend Dive Tech and Cobalt Coast and I intend to stay and
dive with them again.
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