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Dive Review of Divetech/Westin in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

April, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Mr Robert Halem, CA, US
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Report Number 5446
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Monterey, Hawaii, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 83    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 foot max  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
This was a special purpose trip so photography was not high on the list
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
2 stars   
5 stars    
I learned about this opportunity in a note in a recent issue of

DiveTech is trying to do their part to hold down the invasion of the lion
fish in the Cayman Islands.  They have special permits from the government
to allow them to take lion fish off the reef and limit the environmental
damage this non-native species can cause.

Once a week, on Saturday afternoons, they hold a two tank boat trip with
the sole purpose of finding, capturing and eliminating lion fish.  Since
this isn't a sightseeing trip, the cost is only $25 versus the $100 a
normal two tank trip would cost.  After a short van ride from the office we
boarded their well equipped dive boat and were given one of the most
complete pre-dive briefings I have ever received.  Not only did it cover
the usual dive topics, but also went deep into the ecology of the reef and
the problems being created by the lion fish.  Considerable time was also
devoted to the area to be hunted and the techniques for capturing the fish.
 Since only the DiveTech personnel are licensed to actual do the capture,
there was instruction on how to call the divemasters when we spotted a lion

On the first dive, four fish were spotted and two were captured.  Since
there was obviously more fish on the spot, the boat remained in the same
location for the second dive.  After a very proper surface interval, we
made the second dive and captured an additional three fish.  

I have seen lion fish where they belong in the Pacific and eight inches is
a pretty large fish.  The largest one we captured was over 15 inches.  A
ready food supply and no predators has allowed the lion fish to breed and
grow much faster than in their normal environment.

On our second dive, one of the divers went too deep and stayed down too
long.  His computer put him into a decompression situation.  DiveTech was
equipped with a second stage on a long hose so he was able to do a 40
minute deco stop without having to worry about a tank change at 20 feet or
risk DCS.  Not many boats I have been on have that feature.

Based on this very special dive situation, I would judge that DiveTech
probably runs a very high quality service for their normal trips too.
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