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

August, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by John Wycoff, MI, USA
Report Number 1949
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, St. Lucia, Bahamas, Hawaii
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
85   to 88    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
100   to 200    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Ocean Frontiers allows all divers using a computer to dive their own
profiles.  I was diving with Nitrox (32%) and routinely had dives over one
hour in length.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
4 stars  
All of Ocean Frontier's dive boats have fresh water rinse tanks for UWP. 
They have a dedicated dive table of all cameras.  They are very careful and
cautious with all your photography equipment.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
The Cayman Islands are back after hurricane Ivan.  We were on the island
during the hurricane in September, 2004 and saw first hand the degree of
devastation.  We were pleasantly suprised during our trip back this past

The reefs suffered little ill effect from the hurricane.  The coral was
spectacular.  The water clarity was the best we have ever encountered. 
Frequently, the vis was over 200 feet, just about unbelievable.  The water
temp. was a comfortable 86 degree (F).

The East End reef structure is truly unbelievable.  The pass throughs and
deep crevices lead to the Cayman wall which immediatley drops to over 6,000
feet.  There are multiple caverns to explore.  Be sure and check out
Snapper Hole and Babylon - two of our favorite sites.  The night dive
offered twice weekly was great.  The 3-tank safari dive, which included a
one-hour dive with the stingrays at sting ray city was spectucular.  Be
sure and get up close and personal with the large green moray eel when you
stop by.

We frequently encounted large sea turtles and nurse sharks.  Carribbean
lobsters beyond anything we have ever seen were seen on nearly every dive. 
A large number of schooling fish and the healthy reef structure remains
after the hurricane.

Ocean Frontiers is a 5-star dive operation.  Great care is taken to ensure
each guest has a memorable trip.  By your second day all of the crew knows
you by your first name.  Your gear is set up on the boat each morning by
the staff.  You needed weights are placed next to your tank.  At the end of
your 2-tank dive, you are given a large crate into which you place your
gear.  The staff takes the crate from the boat, rinses all your gear, hangs
up your wet suit and BC each night.  The next morning all your gear is set
up on the boat and ready to go.  No lugging gear at this place.  Such a

The staff goes out of their way to show you different dive sites each day. 
A thorough dive briefing is given along with a drawn diagram of the site. 
You have the option of going guided with the dive masters or diving alone
with your buddy.  There was never any pressure to surface early.  You could
always dive your computer profile.

Compass Point is the most incredible place and is right on site.  It is
just a few steps from your room to the dive boats.  We stayed in a
2-bedroom, 2 full-bath condo.  Each condo has a balcony that over looks the
ocean, no more that 50 feet away.  The views are breath taking.  Each unit
has a washer and dryer along with a full kitchen - stove, microwave,
dishwasher, disposal and all kitchen utensils you could ever want.  An
electric coffee pot is in each unit.  Each bathroom has a jacuzzi bath tub
and shower.  These units would sleep six adults easily with 2 murphy beds. 
Each unit has 3 televisions, a DVD player and a stereo.  

The East End of Grand Cayman is the place to go for a relaxing dive
vacation.  There are several very good restuarants with just a short drive.
 Portifino's is 2 miles away and offers awesome Italian fine dining sitting
on the ocean's edge.  For a uniquely Cayman adventure, try Roland's
Gardens.  Just a short drive from Compass Point you will receive a 5-course
gourmet meal.  There is no menu and no charge for the dinner.  All Roland
asks for is a donation into the bucket as you leave his beautiful outdoor
gardens.  This is one place you don't want to miss.

Ocean Frontiers and Compass Point may be the best kept dive secret in the
Caribbean.  If you want great service, a 5-star dive operator and luxurious
accomadations with great restaurant options, this is your place.  Give it a
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