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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/CaymanCastle.COM in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman, East End

December, 2005, an Instant Reader Report by Joel Snyder, AZ, USA
Contributor   (14 reports, with 2 Helpful votes)
Report Number 2473
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Greater Caribbean; Mexico; Hawaii; Asia
Closest Airport
Getting There

		

Dive Conditions

Weather
sunny  
Seas
calm, noCurrents  
Water Temp
76   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
2
Water Visibility
30   to 50    Feet  
 
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
yes  
 
Enforced diving restrictions  
[Unspecified]  
Liveaboard?
no 
Nitrox Available?
N/A 
What I saw
Sharks
None 
Mantas
None 
Dolphins
None 
Whale Sharks
None 
Turtles
> 2 
Whales
None 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Corals
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
1 stars  
Large Pelagics
  1 stars
 
 
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
N/A  
Boat Facilities
N/A
Overall rating for UWP's  
N/A  
Shore Facilities  
N/A  
Comments
[None]
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Accommodations
4 stars
Food
4 stars
Service and Attitude
4 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
N/A
Dive Operation
4 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  
Snorkeling
N/A  
 
 

Overall Rating

Value for $$
N/A    
Beginners
3 stars   
Advanced
3 stars    
Comments  
We did 6 dives with Ocean Frontiers, within walking distance of the house
we had rented ([caymancastle.com link]).  The operation was pretty
typical: get there too early, wait for a while as they get organized, then
pile on a boat (6 to 8 people on boats) and do a couple of fine dives.  

They took us out to Stingray City (we asked!) and I'd give it the "do
it once, but never again" seal of approval. There were lots and lots
of stingrays, but these were outnumbered by the tourists.  Fortunately,
divers can play in more than 3 feet of water, so it wasn't that bad, but
just seeing 200 people in the water with 15 other boats gave me a sinking
feeling.  Anyway: do it once. 

The boat was well run, well maintained, and no problems.  Everyone once we
got off the dock was professional.  These guys LOVE their dive briefings. 
It's like a little art class. They draw pictures, use colors, and give you
a long discussion of what is going to happen.  A bit overkill, but everyone
appreciated all the information sharing.  

Best dive we did was to Little House.  In general, Grand Cayman
post-hurricane seems to be recovering, but there's a lot of juvenile fish
and few full-grown ones.  Saw schools of silversides, lots of mid-sized
groupers, jawfish, and some very pretty black durgins.  At the wall dives,
the view is impressive, although the sea life about the same as at the boat
in 25' of water. 

Strongly suggest everyone avoid the west end with its cruise ship docks and
horrible traffic.  There are LOTS of other places to stay and dive on the
island without joining the sweating thronging masses.
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