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Dive Review of Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point in
Cayman Islands/Grand Cayman

March, 2007, an Instant Reader Report by Brent Barnes, OK, USA
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Report Number 3333
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
101-250 dives
Where else diving
Saba, Statia, Belize, Gulf of Mexico, Catalina Island, Cozumel, Florida
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 100    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
1 or 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  4 stars
Tropical Fish
3 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
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  
5 stars  
Separate rinse bucket for underwater cameras
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
5 stars
4 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
1 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
4 stars    
    Ocean Frontiers offers a truly superb dive trip experience and is a
first class dive operation. We had been to Grand Cayman with non-diving
friends and family previously and had seen all the tourist sites on the
West End and Seven Mile Beach. For this trip, we elected to spend the
entire trip on the secluded east end and loved it. Lesley, of Ocean
Frontiers, was prompt in responding to all of our emails and questions. We
flew into Grand Cayman, rented a car from Andy's at the airport. Excellent
car rental, we were quickly on our way. Driving is on the left. This can be
a little bit stressful when making many turns and driving in high traffic
areas but traffic is very light on the east end and very easy. Compass
Point is an outstanding resort and built specifically for divers. They have
one and two bedroom condominiumns that are beautiful and well-maintained.
All are ocean-front and have fully functional kitchens, cable TV in living
area and bedrooms. Ocean Frontiers plays video from the previous days dives
on one channel continutally throughout the resort. There is a small beach
and small pool. There is now a grocery store on the east end about a mile
away, it is not large, but will have all the basics for making meals making
it unnecessary to drive to the west end to buy groceries. This can also
help cut costs as restaurants are expensive in Grandy Cayman in general.
There are several excellent restaurants on the east end, both casual and
upscale. We ate at Portofino's, the Reef Restaurant and Over the Edge.
Especially enjoyed Over the Edge which is an outdoor restaurant/bar and was
reasonably priced with relatively quick service. 
     Mornings began with a quick breakfast in our condo and we then walked
60 feet to our dock. Ocean Frontiers runs three boats, we generally had 8 -
12 divers on board though one dive had only five. Never felt crowded. I set
up my gear the first day and never touched it after that. After final dive
of the day a large plastic box was provided in which you placed all your
dive gear. It would be fully rinsed and set up for you before your dive the
next day. Average time to dive site was 5 - 20 minutes. Ocean Frontiers
dives the north side, east end and southeast sides of the island. Due to
less diver pressure the dive sites seem to be more healthy with less diver
damage than the west end. The wall sites tend to start deeper than the west
end, usually starting at 60 - 80 feet, so the diving is a little bit more
advanced but certainly not difficult. In the winter and early spring, brisk
winds are continuous from the northeast, making it rare to dive the north
side during that time of the year. Dive sites were chosen based off of
diver requests, previous sites dived and conditions. Excellent dive
briefings, Ocean Frontiers is famous for their divemasters detailed
drawings of each dive site. First dive of the morning or afternoon was
almost always a wall with a maximum depth of 100 - 110 feet. The East End
walls are absolutely incredible, with multiple large crevices, tunnels and
swim-throughs and some pinnacles off the walls. Incredibly healthy coral on
the walls with good fish life. Saw several Caribbean reef sharks at the
Maze, including one swimming into the large crevice we had dropped into to
swim out onto the wall. Three Sisters, Crusher's Wall, Pat's Wall and
Mckennedy's Canyon were all outstanding wall dives. Second site of each
2-tank dive was a more shallow reef, usually with depth of 50 - 60 feet
with nice tunnels and swim-throughs. Large numbers of tarpon seen at
Ironshore Gardens. The average diver at Ocean Frontiers tends to be more
experienced than most dive operations I have dove with, and that is how
they treat their customers. The first dive is usually loosely guided for
the first part along the wall. Divemaster generally moves group back
towards the boat after 20 - 25 minutes, points out where the boat is and
waves goodbye as they surface. You are then free to dive the remainder of
your dive as you wish. The second dive is unguided, though divemaster does
dive and offers to act as a guide for anyone who wishes to be guided. Time
and depth limits are suggested but not stricly enforced and you are given a
great deal of freedom on the dives. Ice water and koolaid were available on
the boat and fresh fruit was served in-between dives. Usually we were back
at the resort by noon and had 45 minutes to an hour to fix our own lunch in
our condo. Afternoon dives were back by 5:00 and we enjoyed quiet evenings
on our own. Had done Stingray City once before, it is a dive everyone
should do once but is not worth doing a second time. Night dives are
available twice a week or so, but we did not do one as we did 4 dives each
     Compass Point and Ocean Frontiers are a wonderful site for the diver
who is interested in outstanding diving and service coupled with seclusion
and quiet. They cater to more experienced divers, but beginners would do
fine. For those with non-diving friends or family, there is plenty to do on
the west end but it is a 45 minute drive. A rental car is a must when
staying on the east end. Rum Point is a beautiful beach with water
activities and is about a 20 minute drive. 
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