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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Compass Pointe in
Cayman Islands/East End Grand Cayman

March, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by Howard Kaiser, MO, US
Sr. Reviewer   (7 reports, with 1 Helpful vote)
Report Number 6015
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Honduras, Florida Keys, Cozumel. BVI, Baja, Bahamas
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
80   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
130 fsw, return with 500 psi  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or  
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
3 stars  
Dedicated camera buckets were stressed on every dive briefing; crew was
great handling camera rigs. Camera table was also pointed out but overrun
with towels etc- crew needs to gently reinforce during dive trips,
especially given consistently large number of photographers on board. 
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
3 stars   
4 stars    
New Compass Point Phase 2 accomodations are wonderful. One large bedroom
with two baths can easily handle family of four with two Murphy beds and a
fold out couch. Everything down to salt and pepper was provided, including
coffee filters etc. Very thoughtful planning and Patti Nugent's done a
great job designing the condos. Ocean Frontiers has been our favorite
operator for years and they continue to provide fantastic service. On
arrival, we dumped our gear into crates provided and left them outside our
door. They were put on the proper boat , set up daily and rinsed and hung
to dry...during the week, my new compass popped out of the console. I
didn't bother to tell anyone since I wasn't sure when it fell out..The next
morning, it had reappeared-one of the  the staff had retrieved it during
the dive and checked all the gear on board until they found my console and
replaced it quietly. Very indicative , in my view, of a great operation.
They consistently hire not just good dive masters but good people to the
jobs. I am also pleased to see that absolutely no reference was made to
tipping even though this staff certainly deserves it.
     Jean and I have been diving for years with OF but somehow had not been
diving in GC for four years. So I wasn't aware of the lionfish invasion. My
first dive, I saw my first one, and was puzzled to get sort of a muted
reaction when I pointed it out. They apparently have appeared about two
years ago and they are like dandelions underwater! OF has organized
lionfish hunts, there are ceviche recipes, grilled lionfish recipes etc and
they are pervasive and HUGE ...our boat pulled out 44 lionfish on a two
tank excursion and duplicated those numbers the next day. I hope all the
operators are as proactive as OF because these creatures have clearly
decimated the juvenile population. And they were as large as 13 inches long
and roughly the size of a basketball....I was the bagman and it was tricky
work dispatching these critters!
Babylon continues to be my favorite dive site! There are a few spots on the
North Wall that I'd like to see Ocean Frontiers visit on their 3 tank
excursions. I'd suggest, in fact, that 3 tank day trips without the
StingRay City dive might be popular, especially if spots like Eagle Ray
Pass are visited. 
In the interest of full disclosure, we are fractional owners at Compass
Point and have dived with them for years. However, we were so happy with
the way things turned out that we bought some more. We gave it a lot of
thought and realized that we wanted a place where our family could go
diving in a great environment for years to come. Worth every penny.
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