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

May, 2011, an Instant Reader Report by G. Tripp Jones MD, SC, US
Top Contributor   (52 reports, with 5 Helpful votes)
Report Number 6052
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
Truk, Australia, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Belize, Roatan,Curacao,
Bonaire, Cozumel
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
calm, no currents  
Water Temp
79   to 81    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 125    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Recreational limits for Cayman Islands.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
  3 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  
My wife, the photographer, thought the setup was fine and no complaints.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
4 stars   
5 stars    
My wife and I went to the East End of Grand Cayman for the first time since
Hurricane Ivan destroyed the Cayman Dive Lodge and surrounding area in
2004. We booked this ourselves and it was very easily done. We flew from
Charlotte, NC directly to Georgetown and got a car rental to the condo,
about a 35 minute easy drive from the airport. The East End is laid back
and a nice getaway from the hustle and bustle of Seven Mile Beach.

The condo was a one bedroom, nicely adequate for the two of us. We went to
a local grocery store for breakfast and lunch supplies and went out at
night to local restaurants. There is no bar or restaurant on site, so a car
is a must (and was included in the package, which was nice). There are 2
swimming pools on site.

There are local restaurants, some local and non-pricey to very expensive
(Tukka, Lighthouse, etc) but the food was very good. Over the Edge is
another good local restaurant,great at sunset.

The dive operation is excellent. After we set our gear outside our door the
first day, we did nothing but put it on prior to a dive. The staff stored
and washed the equipment and set up and took down the equipment for each
dive. I think this was the most efficient, well trained, pleasant staff
that I have ever seen in 20 years of diving.You could go on your own, or
guided for half the dive or so if desired. There were always 2 crew in the
water and 1 on the boat at all times.

We did 2 tank dives each morning and could opt for 2 more in the afternoon
if we desired, but the package was for 6 days of 2 tank dives. The boats
leave at 8 AM, and the first dive is deep on the wall with a second reef
dive, returning by 12 noon at latest. The boats are large and the number of
divers is limited to 12, so you don't have a "cattle boat". There
is a once weekly trek to dive the "new" wreck, the Kittiwake,
near West Bay on the western end (on Tuesdays), but we opted not to do it
this trip.

The walls, swim throughs, chutes, etc are beautiful and the coral is in
good shape, except for a few areas bleached, but the fish life was very
good to excellent.  There were a few Lionfish, but they are trying to
control them, so that is a work in progress. Turtles were seen relatively
often, but sharks were few. To me, the East End diving is more pristine.

We will undoubtedly return. I would like to see a single tank afternoon
dive, rather than just a 2 tank pm dive. We did 2 AM and 2 PM dives one
day, so that would push it, if everyday, for a 62 yo like me. The Lionfish
roundup dive is a single pm dive, but only once weekly. There is also a
"3 tank safari" dive once weekly, but you have to sign up early
for that. There is talk of a bar and restaurant to be built and this would
add to the resort. 

I would rate this operation overall as "excellent" and will
undoubtedly return soon. The staff is really excellent in all aspects of
the dive operation.
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