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

Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point, Mar, 2012,

by Joseph Siemiatkoski, MA, US ( 1 report). Report 6495.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 251-500 dives
Where else diving recently: St. Thomas, St. Croix, Curacao, Cayman Brac.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, dry Seas calm
Water Temp 78 to 80 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 40 to 90 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions There is a 100 foot limit, mostly because the DMs are on nitrox and could suffer if they had to help you below that depth. We are experienced divers, after the first day the DMs encouraged us to do our own thing. There is also a Cayman law against wearing gloves; don't do it, the fine is huge.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 3 stars Large Fish 2 stars
Large Pelagics 1 stars

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

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 5 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 5 stars Shore Facilities 4 stars
UW Photo Comments They had large dip tanks on the boats for cameras, and admonished people who tried to use them for masks, etc. The resident camera pro (Ellary Wray) was very helpful, and liked to "talk tech". I wish I had brought my macro lens...

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

Accommodations 5 stars Food N/A
Service and Attitude 5 stars Environmental Sensitivity 5 stars
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving N/A
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ 4 stars
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 4 stars
Comments Love the staff here, all very dedicated, pleasant folks. As much as I hate repeating vacation sites (so many islands, so little time...) I would come back here again. The lodging at Compass Point was very clean, modern and well appointed. They need to inventory the kitchen basics a bit (only 3 forks, and no cork screw - had to buy one up the street).
The dive sites were in good health, and a good variety of deep/shallow sites. Saw reef and nurse sharks, many turtles, groupers were occasional but good size.
They do a weekly lion fish hunt, which probably isn't often enough to really make a dent in the population. They should try feeding the lion fish to the groupers and eels (as they do in St. Thomas to good effect) to encourage predation.
East End is a very quite, beautiful, enjoyable district with several decent to very good restaurants. A great place for a relaxing vacation. Try Tukka's for lion fish ceviche, the Lighthouse had the best conch friters, and lunch at Miss Vivine's Kitchen was delicious and a great value to boot. The Queen Elizabeth II botanical gardens are worth a visit to see the iguanas and find out the names of all the local plants.
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