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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/The Reef Resort in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

Ocean Frontiers/The Reef Resort, Jun, 2005,

by Joni & Bobby Lamb, GA, USA (Sr. Reviewer Sr. Reviewer 8 reports). Report 2037.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience 101-250 dives
Where else diving Many Caribbean destinations.
Closest Airport Getting There

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 83 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
Water Visibility 80 to 120 Feet

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions [Unspecified]
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? N/A

What I Saw

Sharks 1 or 2 Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 4 stars Tropical Fish 4 stars
Small Critters 4 stars Large Fish 3 stars
Large Pelagics 3 stars

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter 5 stars Boat Facilities 3 stars
Overall rating for UWP's 4 stars Shore Facilities 3 stars
UW Photo Comments Separte camera rinse tank on boat.

Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations 5 stars Food 3 stars
Service and Attitude 3 stars Environmental Sensitivity N/A
Dive Operation 5 stars Shore Diving 3 stars
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ N/A
Beginners 3 stars
Advanced 5 stars
Comments One of the best organized operations that we have experienced. The entire staff is friendly and very accommodating. Nitrox is readily available. The Nauticat dive boat was well designed and fast. The boat was very roomy for 12-16 divers, and a crew of two. Fresh towels, fresh drinking water, lemonade, ice chest, separate mask and camera rinse tanks. The predive briefings were very informative and they guide each dive. However, you can dive your own computer profiles. East End walls and reefs are in very good condition. These dive sites are great for experienced and conscientious divers, but beginner and damage-prone divers should stay away. If dive sites are too choppy on the South side, then the less choppy North side was only 20-30 minutes away. Accommodations at The Reef Resort were excellent and the East End of the island is remote and away from mainstream Georgetown. Save money. Make arrangements to get a room with a kitchenette and rent a car for the week (Warning: they drive on the left). Go to the supermarket near the airport and get enough groceries for all your meals. Stay away from posh restaurants and even the fast food chains. Look for places to eat that the locals go to such as roadside pubs or outdoor barbecues, ask the dive shop for recommendations. One of our recommendations is Vivines Kitchen that was half mile from the dive shop. This is actually Vivines house where you can your order at her back door and eat on picnic tables behind her house. Her prices were very reasonable for Cayman standards and a great place to have lunch after your morning dives. We love to try these places that are off the beaten path.
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