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

Ocean Frontiers/CaymanCastle.COM, Dec, 2005,

by Joel Snyder, AZ, USA (Contributor Contributor 18 reports with 7 Helpful votes). Report 2473.

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
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
UW Photo 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
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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