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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Morritt's Grand Resort in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman, East End

January, 2009, an Instant Reader Report by Jan & Michael Lewis, VA, USA
Sr. Reviewer   (8 reports)
Report Number 5103
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Galapagos, Hawaii, Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Belize, Bonaire, Aruba,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
calm, surge  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
100 ft, 60 minutes, buddy or group dive, don't put computer into deco, no
gloves (Cayman rule), don't harass marine life.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
We're not photographers, and often get irritated with photographers who
drag equipment or themselves across coral to get their shots, or harass
marine life.
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
January 10-16, 2009
My husband, Michael, and I had another great week of diving with Ocean
Frontiers on the East End of Grand Cayman.  We return every year and it is,
by far, the best shore dive operation we have ever experienced.  The shop
is 5 minutes down the road from our timeshare at Morritt's Tortuga Club
& Grand Resort .  We don't like the cattle-car, group dive philosophy
at Tortuga, and we usually find much more experienced divers at OF.  We
have so much confidence in OF that we have taken our niece and nephew, as
well as a good friend, to them for Open Water Certification.  Ocean
Frontiers is a superbly professional  dive operation that goes above and
beyond in customer service.  They give excellent safety and dive briefings,
 including reminders to be kind to the environment.  I'm particularly
grateful for that because the once spectacular Cayman reefs have begun, in
the last few years, to show signs of suffering from overfishing and coral
bleaching.  The crew and shore staff at OF are the hardest working folks
we've ever seen at a dive shop.  They take your equipment to and from the
boats, and even set-up your equipment if you desire.  If you're diving with
them for the week, you leave your gear at the shop, and they wash it and
have it ready for you on your next dive.  Safety is number one.  There is
always a divemaster ready to lead your dive, but once you've proven you're
a good diver they treat you as adults, and allow you dive freedom within
their very reasonable dive times and profiles.  This past January our
captain, Shawn, was particularly wonderful.  I was very sea sick one day,
and he moved the boat inside the reef between dives so that I could recover
enough for the second dive.  Fantastic!  
    Our favorite sites are Split Rock and Fishtank.  We saw huge lobsters,
French Angel fish, Parrotfish, Butterflyfish, schools of yellowtail Snapper
and  Barracuda, Yellow Rays, Green Sea Turtle and a 7 ft Nurse shark. 
Various sites had saucer coral, pillar coral, sea fingers and beautiful
light purple sea fans.  The less visited sites are in very good shape, but
juvenile reef fish are much less plentiful than in previous years.  I'm
always cold and wore my 5 mm wetsuit, but most folks wore less neoprene. 
Seas were never more than 3-4 ft, and there was mild to moderate surge. As
usual for January it was windy.
	Our 2 bedroom condo at Morritt's Grand Resort was very nice with a
beautiful ocean view.  The resort is still rebuilding from being devastated
by Hurricane IVAN a few years ago.  The Grand was built to withstand a
Hurricane of that magnitude, and did pretty well, but some of the older
Tortuga Club was destroyed or badly damaged.  The on-site restaurant,
David's  is pretty good, and Mimi's dock bar has good sandwiches, pizza,
etc., and entertainment most nights.  The swim-up bar at the Grand Pool is
always fun, although the drinks get a bit expensive.  We always stop at
Foster's Food Mart near the airport, and hit a liquor store before making
the drive out to the East End.  We cook for ourselves at least half the
time, and always make the 20 minute drive for a fabulous dinner at the
Lighthouse, our favorite Grand Cayman restaurant.  Portofino's is also
quite good.  
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