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Dive Review of Ocean Encounters in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman East End

Ocean Encounters, May, 2006,

by Larry Polster, IN, USA . Report 2495.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving Australia, Belieze, Cozumel, St. Croix, Roatan
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 1
Water Visibility 85 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions If no computer, 45 min to 100'
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 5 stars Tropical Fish 5 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 1 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 4 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Plenty of small fish, with many large schoolings, large tarpon and grouper, turtles, eels, cool swim thrus to set up shots. Fresh water rinse tubs for cameras and large table to place cameras between dives.

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

Accommodations 4 stars Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 1 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 5 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments The very best dive operation I've ever had the pleasure of using. You unload you gear the first day, they dress the tanks, wash out your gear, and it's waiting for you the next day on the boat. Between dives, fresh dry towels waiting after a fresh water rinse. Cold drinking water, punch, and cut fruit with a ride on the bow of the boat.

Dive your own profile with a computer, Nitrox divers in the water first, usually 55 to 65 minutes if you are the last one back on the boat. Got nick named "Bottom TIme Bandit" by one of the Brit crew members.

The East end is fantastic diving compared the the crowded West end, but the secret is getting out and Ocean Encounters is adding more boats to accomodate the crowds.

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