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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Reef Club in
Cayman Islands/East End

March, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by Randy Nelson, Co, USA
Report Number 415
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Little Cayman, Belize, Honduras, Bonn Aire, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
50   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Typical Cayman 100' max,
100'for 40 min first dive  50', 50 mins second dive   
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
2 stars  
Large Pelagics
  2 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
4 stars   
4 stars    
Ocean Frontiers is as good as reader reports in Undercurrent lead us to
believe. It was a very easy and efficient to book our week of diving and
accomodations at the Reef club through them online. 
After a 10 minute drive from the Reef Club to Ocean Frontiers headquarters
(we had a car rental but O F provides free shuttle service) all you had to
do was check in at their office and walk down to the boat where they would
have all your dive gear on board and set up.
Boat rides to many dive sites are short and they dive both the north and
south sides of Grand Cayman. First dive was an escorted 100' wall dive. The
walls have healthy sponge and coral, but are lacking in larger fish life.
Second dive was either an escorted or unescorted ( your choice) 50' dive
with terriffic topography ( lots of swim throughs, caverns etc. to explore
with lots of small fish and critters. Saw 1 reef shark, 2 turtles, one
large green moray, but lots of smaller reef  fish, spotted morays, massive
schools of silversides, and of course, 20 to 50 tarpon on the shallow
dives. The dive briefings were very detailed including large detailed maps
of the dive sites, which made unescorted diving the obvious choice.
When you return to the dock OF provides plastic crates at the boat to put
your gear into.  They will then rinse and store your gear and have it set
up on board for your next dives.
Only complaints about the diving would be the limited bottom times (35 min
on deep dive, 50 min on shallow dive) and the lack of larger fish. ( But
this is an island of over 30,000 people and lots of fisherman) I would rate
the diving a notch or two below Litle Cayman for that reason.

Accomodations at the Reef Club are 4 star with newer,nicely furnished
beachfront Condos, pool, a decent restaurant and beachfront bar. The staff
was very helpful. Lots of families with small children, but our all adult
group was comfortable there also.  Only complaint would be that the
restaurant didn't open until 8 AM which meant you had to cook breakfast in
your condo every morning if you were diving. (But this did save quite a bit
of money as Cayman restaurants are very expensive.) It was an easy drive
from the East End to a number of fine restaurants for dinner. $$$$=
Portofino, The Light House  $$$= The Edge and we even went into Georgetown
for dinner one night. 

Overall, If you're looking for a good compromise between out of the way
hard core diving and US type quality accomodations and dining, then Grand
Cayman East End fits the bill nicely.
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