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Dive Review of DiveTech/Colbalt Coast Resort in
Cayman Islands

October, 2008, an Instant Reader Report by Mark Thorne, NC, USAq
Sr. Reviewer   (11 reports)
Report Number 4491
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Throughout the Caribbean...Little Cayman, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Belize,
Bonaire, Grenada, St Lucia, BVI, Grand Turk, Abacos, Florida Keys, & NC
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

calm, no currents  
Water Temp
85   to 87    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 feet for 45min for deep dives.  60 feet for 60min for shallow.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
2 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
3 stars  
Boat Facilities
3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
3 stars  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Walls below 60 feet are nice with some beautiful swim-throughs.  Above 60
feet, coral is sad shape with a brown algae coving everything with few
schooling fish.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
4 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars    
3 stars   
3 stars    
I have been to a lot of dive resorts/dive operations and I have mixed
feelings about this one. I went with a group of 8 of us and we all have a
good deal of experience.  Our group is low maintenence and we are often
complimented by dive staff for how easy we make it for them. It is with
this backgroud I give this report. 

Cobalt Coast Resort is a 18 room dive resort that has exceptional customer
service and wonderful facilities. Room, food, service, and facilities were
all great.  The resort staff went out of their way to make you feel

DiveTech, located on the Cobalt Coast Resort, is an acceptable facilty,
however, the general attitude and behavior of the dive staff demonstrates a
"take it or leave it" approach towards customers.  The dive staff
are generally friendly, safety-conscious, and laid back, however, if you
need something or have questions, you have to ask...they do not proactively
offer assist or information. This staff does just what it needs to do but
there is no exceptional service.  It reminds me of a place that has all the
business they want and feels they do not need to do anything extra to
generate additional business.  I felt a slight arrogant demeanor with most
of the dive staff toward the divers. The staff were friendly and helpful,
but still kept their distance.

What really bothers me about the DiveTech staff culture it that it would be
so easy to these gals/guys to correct this if they wished to do so.

Our group was part of the 12 to 13 divers on their older, smaller boat,
however, everything went as well as can be expected under the
circumstances. This boat was much better to dive with 10 divers. (Their
larger 42 Newton was being repaired while we were there.) They have a
curious problem with their dock off DiveTech...the old boat tends to hit
ground unless the tide and/or waves is just right which was about 50% of
the time we were there.(I understand that this is less of an issue with the
larger Newton for it rides higher in the water.) Because of this, they did
not like to stay moored long on the dock. Therefore, you often find
yourself putting your gear together including finding weights, tanks, and
arranging equipment on a moving boat. This led to several of us getting
seasick on our first day althought we were is relatively mild seas. 

On the positive side, there were no crowds, jet skis, or tourist trappings
at the resort or any of our dive sites. This was very nice.  The shore dive
just off the resort is one of the best dive sites we visited.

The bottom-line is I will likely make a return trip to DiveTech, but I will
go there with low expectations from the customer service side of things
from most of the dive staff. A large part of my decision to return is the
great facility of Cobalt Coast Resort.

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