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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Morritt's Grand Resort in
Cayman Islands/East End, Grand Cayman

January, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Eric Frick, IL, U.S.A.
Report Number 324
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Great Lakes, Fla. Keys, Hawaii, Cozumel, USVI, misc. Caribbean
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

choppy, noCurrents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Boat captains asked that you be back within time limits (usually 50 min.)
or whenever you hit 500 p.s.i.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  4 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
1 rinse tank on the boat was for cameras & computers only.  One small
table on the boat was for cameras, computers & other fragile items
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
My buddy was able to snag a week @ Morritt's Grand Resort just below the
northeast corner of the island.  Morritt's is a timeshare development built
in about 2000. The facilities are just fine.  The dining room is nothing
spectacular and is expensive in the usual Cayman style.  Our 1-bedroom unit
was clean and comfortable.

Ocean Frontiers (OF) is located less than 3 mi. south of Morritt's.  I had
taken nitrox training @ my local scuba shop & arranged for a referral
to OF for my checkout dives.  Using e-mail to make arrangements w/ OF for
the checkouts & diving was easy. Their 2 boats each comfortably
accomodate 12 divers & are equipped w/ DAN oxygen & first aid kits.
 This is an organized outfit.  Rides to most divesites are well under 30
min.  As we tied onto a mooring, one of the divemasters drew a detailed
picture of the reef, our mooring position, etc . . . on a large whiteboard
they keep on the boats.  It included written info like max. depth, whether
the dive was guided or unguided, advice re a safety-stop, the time they
expected everyone to be back on the boat, etc. . .  Dive duration and max.
depth information were duly collected from ea. diver after ea. dive.  After
the trip you put your gear into a plastic crate w/ your name on it.  They
took your gear up to the shed, rinsed it, hung it to dry & it was
waiting on board your boat the next time you were scheduled to dive.

The wall off of Grand Cayman is justifiably famous.  The top of the reef is
about 60' below the surface.  The edge of the wall is notched w/ sand
channels and other cracks.  The wall drops vertically for well over 100'
further down, then it slopes off for a ways before plunging even further
down.  Within a short distance from shore, the depth drops off to more than

We arranged morning and afternoon 2-tank dives, a night dive as well as
their 3-tank "safari" trip.  2-tank trips consisted of a wall
dive to between 80' & 115', then a shallower reef dive.  The
"safari" 3-tank was supposed to be to a couple of the more
northerly sites.  We had rough water on the day of our "safari"
so the 2nd dive was @ "Stingray City".  The animal interaction
was interesting enough but not worth it.  My advice: if the plan is to hit
Stingray City, skip the 3-tank "safari" if there is room on the
boat doing the regular morning 2-tank.  Whether for reasons of convenience
or speed, OF chooses to do their night dive on a shallow reef close to
shore.  It was a fine dive but a night trip to the wall would have been
more spectacular.

The island: There may not be tons of topside things to do on Grand Cayman
but there certainly is enough to keep you busy.  Cayman is not a cheap
destination so be prepared to spend but you can economize easily.  Unless
you are staying @ one of the swank hotels just north of Georgetown, a
rental car is mandatory.  The restaurant meals we had were quite good but
if you go much above a hamburger meal, prepare to pay handsomely for it. 
We did have some very good seafood.

Ocean Frontiers: This is a first-class operation.  They are organized.  The
boats are well-equipped and not too crowded.  Their prices are not too bad
either.  Their staff is top-notch.

The accommodations: There are just a couple of small diver-oriented hotels
on the East End as well as a few condos & timeshares.  It seemed that
every other beach house had a "Cayman Villas" sign out front so I
bet there are a ton of places you could rent for a larger group.

The diving: Outstanding wall diving w/ plenty of coral, fish, etc . . .
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