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Dive Review of Dive Tech/cobalt coast in
Cayman Islands

Dive Tech/cobalt coast, Jul, 2004,

by Christopher Aviles, NY, USA . Report 1225.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Bonaire, Curacao, bahamas, roatan, utila, guanaja, hawaii, yap, palau, truk.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 82 to 84 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 75 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Time limits strictly enforced. Would surface with 1500/1800 psi. DM did not seem to want to spend one extra minute
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 3 stars

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

Subject Matter N/A Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's N/A Shore Facilities N/A
UW Photo Comments [None]

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 1 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 1 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 1 stars
Advanced 1 stars
Comments Cobalt coast resort was a clean, new, well run establishment. Food was served restaurant style at tables and all the staff were accommodating and very friendly. Rooms were spacious and clean, AC worked great. Dive Tech is on the premises but owned separately. We hated Dive Tech. Most DM were arrogant, rude and one was simply nasty. Several never glanced back at the group after entering the water and regularly pointed nothing out. One younger DM drank beer before we could take our gear off the van that shuttles (5 minute ride) between the resort and dock (have to replace bad bubbles with good bubbles). The DM would not touch your gear all week. I mean, not even help you swing your gear bag onto the boat. A 20+ dive group complained in the shop and the next day the DM helped with gear bags but would not help divers who were not part of the group that had complained.

The shop was disorganized. I booked my trip 6 months ahead but was put on an afternoon dive the day before a morning flight. When I tried to change it they blamed me for not solving this before arriving. There was mention of a shuttle that would take divers to their sister shop for shore diving, but when I asked they said to rent a car and myself. The dive shop does not communicate well with the hotel either and we were double charged for a dive trip. A few DM were competent and personable but the rest tainted the whole experience. We could not wait for the week to end. Bottom Line: go to cayman diving lodge instead.
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