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Dive Review of Neptune's Divers/Aqua Bay Club in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

June, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Marjorie Griffing, g, USA
Reviewer   (6 reports)
Report Number 3402
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
MN, WI, FL Keys and various other FL locations, Bonaire, Cozumel, various
other Caribbean Islands
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
81   to 84    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 0    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Max depth specified but no one verified, on board with at least 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 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
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
The Aqua Bay Club is not specifically a diving resort, but the location at
the North end of Seven Mile Beach was good and the large screened balconey
made a good place to store soggy dive gear.  The condos are large with
fully equipped kitchen.  Maid service was spotty - we repeatedly asked for
extra towels and usually didn't get them, frequently maid service was
completed around dinner time.

As others have noted, food on the Cayman Islands is expensive, both in the
grocery store and at restaurants.  That being said, we had several really
good meals.

The dive operation was wonderful.  No more than 8 on a boat.  They picked
us up promptly at the designated time at the Aqua Bay Club.  When we were
diving consecutive days, they stored gear over night for us.  The chose
locations each day so that no dive sites were repeated during our entire
week and the best diving given the weather was chosen.  First dive was
typically to 100 feet.  A DM guided the dive although we were free to go
our own way.  They specified a time limit but said that those with
computers could come up per their computer and air limits.  Second dive was
typically after a 40 minute surface interval and to 50 feet.  The DMs were
really good at IDing the various fish and pointing out difficult to find
critters - blue cleaner shrimp, scorpion fish, etc.  We usually surfaced
after about 45 minutes on the first dive and after an hour on the second
dive with plenty of air.  Specified time limits were usually 25 minutes and
40 minutes respectively.  Even though were were last on board, they still
waited for us to have the 40 minute surface interval.

We typcially dive Nitrox on the first dive.  Nitrox fills were spotty -
even though we ordered 32%, tanks sometimes analyzed at 26%.  We were not
charged for Nitrox when the tanks were light on the O2. 

We drove the entire island.  Georgetown and SMB area have been restored
after Ivan.  East End is another story.  About half of the properties were
for sale and many had not been repaired.
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