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

April, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by John Wentworth, CA, USA
Report Number 2042
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
Over 1000 dives
Where else diving
All over Cayman, Cayman Brac, Cozumel, Roatan, Sea of Cortez, British
Virgins, Tahiti, Fiji, California (mostly Catalina), inside the Aquarium of
the Pacific in Long Beach, CA.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
75   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Led first dive (max 100 or so); self-guided second dive (bottom was 50-60)  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  1 stars
Tropical Fish
1 stars  
Small Critters
  1 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Cooked our own food in our kitchen.  Did not do any shore diving.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
1 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
1 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
1 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
1 stars    
The East End is just some of the best diving in the world.  Ocean
Frontiers, like everyone else on the south side of the island, was just
hammered by Ivan.  We had never seen such destruction.  There is only one
road to the East End.  I've been there 20+ times.  It didn't look at all as
it did the last time I was there.  I got lost...all the vegitation, trees,
shrubs, etc., that was on the water side of the road was on the inland side
of the road.  Houses were gone or had huge holes through them.  The Cayman
Diving Lodge, an old haunt of mine, was one of those.  Tortuga was

Ocean Frontiers was up and running, except for the ground floor rooms at
The Reef and Compass Point.  We stayed at Compass Point.  Except for the
ground floor rooms, you couldn't tell there had been a hurricane.

Same with the diving.  Ocean Frontiers has completely replaced the Dive
Lodge as the premier East End operation.  Nothing special: just very, very
good.  Good captains.  Good DM's.  Good boats.  Great diving.

East End diving is high drama.  The wall is sheer and brightly colored and
filled with soft corals and a bunch of fish.  The spur and grove formations
of the second dives are filled with tunnels and rooms with tarpon hanging
out staring at you.  The tarpon are the best.  Years ago, one led me around
his neighborhood and then brought me back to where we began.

I really miss the Dive Lodge.  A good friend of mine, Danny Jetmore,
managed it for a long time.  But Ocean Frontiers has stepped up and is, in
some ways, better.  They are adding the presence of marine biologists
during coral spawning week, for instance.  We are going back as soon as we
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