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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point Condominiums in
Cayman Islands/East End, Grand Cayman

Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point Condominiums, Apr, 2008,

by Eric Frick, IL, U.S.A. (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 29 reports with 8 Helpful votes). Report 4043.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Great Lakes, Hawaii, Florida Keys, other Caribbean
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 80 to 81 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 70 to 100 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions Dive your computer, return with 500 or more p.s.i.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

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

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

Subject Matter 2 stars Boat Facilities 4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Dedicated camera bucket & a large table for cameras

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 4 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments After a 5 year absence, it was time to return to the East End. I went on a trip coordinated through my local dive shop. The incredible wall formations remain the top reason to return to this spot. The East End itself is recovering nicely from the 2004 hurricane and the building boom is booming once again.

The fish population, unfortunately, is not doing as well as I might have expected. Most species were present but very few large fish were seen and the numbers of fish seem to be diminished. Those corals that were there were in satisfactory shape but not overly lush. Alge seemed much more in abundance than 5 years ago. I don't know whether to blame the hurricane, warmer water temperatures, runoff and pollution, fewer critters or other factors.

Ocean Frontiers remains a top dive operator. Crates are placed outside your door and you drop your dive gear in. They are taken to the boat for your first day's dive and you do not have to touch it after that. Ocean Frontiers hauls it off the boat after each day, rinses and hangs it and it is back on the boat for your next day's diving. A detailed map of each dive spot is drawn on a whiteboard by your guides before each dive. We were given the chance to go on a guided dive or to explore on our own at each dive site.

Compass Point is a condo development on site and is a great place to stay. Roomy condos have daily "light" (very light) maid service and each features great views of the sea.

The East End is still a great spot. A few years of dedicated environmental management would return it to the top of the list for many divers.
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