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

Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point, Aug, 2005,

by John Wycoff, MI, USA . Report 1949.

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

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 85 to 88 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 0
Water Visibility 100 to 200 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
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.
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks Lots Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 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
UW Photo Comments 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):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 5 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 5 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments 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 August.

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 treat!

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 try!
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